Talakadu is an ancient town in Karnataka not very far from Mysore and situated on the banks of river Cauvery. Its history can be traced back to the Ganga kings of 3rd century AD. Talakadu is also famous for a story about a Queen’s curse. This curse turned the once flourishing Talakadu town into a desert. The old Talakadu town is buried under a mile of sand.
In ancient times, Talakadu used to have 30 temples. Today most of them are buried in sand dunes. The most famous temple here is Vaidyanatheswara and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built on granite in the 14th century by Chola Kings. You will find two majestic Dwarpalaks welcoming pilgrims at the entrance. Along with 4 more Shiva temples, Vaidyanatheswara temple forms the immensely popular pilgrim circuit at Talakad. The Lingam in Pataleshwara Shiva temple is supposed to change colors through the day from red, black and white!
Talakadu also houses a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Keertinarayana temple, built using black granite and bricks, is a splendid example of Hoysala style of architecture. The highlight of this temple is the 2 meter tall main deity of the Lord.
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