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KEERTHI NARAYANA TEMPLE TALKAD-Nice temple

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Keerthi Narayana Temple

Mahadev Hiremath
20th Mar 17

Awesome place to visit

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Pathaleshwara Temple

Senthil Kumar
6th Apr 16

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1Sand Dunes & Stories At Talakad
Sand Dunes & Stories At Talakad

Thought sand dunes were only in Rajasthan? Hmmm.. No. Once brimming with 30 temples Talakad today is buried under sand. It is believed that this place is associated with a curse by a widow and that’s why the once fertile land of Talakad is covered in sand. Head on and unveil the mystery.

Vinay Gowda shares: “It is nearly 120 km from Bengaluru and we were six on three bikes to unleash Bangalore- Mysore Highway at 7am and reached there by 10 am. We visited three temples out of five hence the name PANCHA LINGA in Talkad. ”

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Reviews (2)

Mohan Poduval

Mohan Poduval2.1/5

40 reviews

The unearthed temples

The place is called Talakad and it around 3 hrs drive from Tumkur, passing through Kunigal, Maddur and finally Malavalli. From there it is another 30 minutes drive through beautiful country side.

All along you will only see temples but wait that is not the place. As soon as I reached the place, I was actually disappointed. First of all, it was not what actually supposed to be.

Out of the many temples presumedly submerged in sand, only 5 have been unearthed and there is no proper signboard telling the visitors something about these temple's. One have to walk around to know. I saw one signboard (written in Kannada).

The most fascinating part is the whole area is on sand. Unbelievable. The other thing which surprised me is that these monuments are heritage and prayers are being conducted in each of the temples and some are even are undergoing restoration. No proper control.

Although felt quite disappointed I wanted to fulfill my purpose of going there and left after 3 hrs.

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Vinay Gowda

Vinay Gowda3.2/5

25 reviews

Banks of cauvery river drives you crazy !

It is nearly 120 km from Bengaluru and we were six on three bikes to unleash Bangalore- Mysore Highway at 7am and reached there by 10 am.

We visited three temples out of five hence the name PANCHA LINGA in Talkad which is famous for, then moved to banks of river cauvery and could see mob crowd since it was Sunday and came back near temple. Nice FULL MEALS for Rs 50 /- near temple entrance and again went back enjoy jacuzzi in river and stayed for over an hour and moved to nearby Shivanasamudhra but due to reconstruction of bridge for its extension, we couldn't make it so left to Bengaluru back by 7.

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Talkad Overview

Talkad, a historical temple town is located in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka about 180 km from Bangalore and 45 km from Mysore. A major portion of this place is covered by sand dunes with numerous temples buried under the sand and some excavated from beneath it.

The name Talkad is said to have been derived from two woodcutters called Tala and Kadu, who while cutting wood in the forest, found blood oozing out from one of the trees that they had tried to cut. Tala and Kadu while praying to Lord Shiva applied the leaves of that tree to the wound and the bleeding stopped. This incident led to Shiva being worshipped as Vaidyanatha, the lord of doctors and the temple in Talkad came to be known as Vaidyanatheswara Temple.

Legend has it that Talkad got covered by sand due to a curse by one Alamelamma, wife of the local chieftain, and an ardent devotee of Sri Ranganayaki, the consort of Lord Sriranganathan of Srirangapatna. Alamelamma used to send a box of precious ornaments to be adorned on the deity during the yearly festival in Srirangapatna. Once the Maharaja of Mysore enamoured by the beauty of the jewellery decided to confiscate the jewellery.

A heartbroken Alamelamma, unable to part with the Goddess’s jewels, tied it to her body and uttering a curse jumped into the river Cauvery at a place called Malangi. To this day it is believed that Talkad being covered in sand, the whirlpool at Malangi and the Kings of Mysore not having any heirs to their throne is because of this curse.

Lot of temples in Talkad have been unearthed from below the sand dunes. Among them the significant temples are the five Shiva temples and the Vishnu Temple established by Sri Ramanujacharya. The Keertinarayana Temple which was recently excavated has an eight foot tall idol of Keertinarayana. Pancha linga Darshan here is a very auspicious way of worshipping Shiva.

An ideal time to visit Talkad is between September to February. Talkad can be best reached via road from Bangalore. The nearest railway station is 45 km away in Mysore and the closest airport is in Bangalore.

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Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad

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Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad
Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad

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Mahadev Hiremath

Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad
Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad

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Mahadev Hiremath

Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad
Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad

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Mahadev Hiremath

Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad

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