Talakadu is located in a small town in the state of Karnataka is famous for its desert-like surroundings and many Hindu temples in the area. It is situated on the riverbank of Kaveri. The town is near Mysore on a journey of one hour. The town has a large number of temples built in the 17th century. Most of the temples are now buried under the sand.
Talakadu Myths And History
There is evidence of the existence of the town in literature from the 250 A.D. where harivarma was assigned to find the place. The town gets his name from the two twin brothers named Tala and Kadu. The event that happened was they were cutting down a tree and they saw two elephants worshipping the idol of lord shiva and the elephants came into the real figure of saints and the tree cut down was restored and all the persons present to attain the moksha there itself and so the place was named as Talakadu. In that period, the town and area were captured and ruled by many rulers at different times.
The town is strongly related to the Mysore royal family as they still face the curse of talakadu which happened in the 1600s where the then princess Rani Alamelamma was being chased by the Raja wonder for the jewels and she accidentally fell into the Kaveri river while throwing the jewels in river cursed the place and said let the Talakadu be the sand. After the event till now, the place is buried with the dunes and the Mysore royal family faced the circumstances and had a hardship times in that century. The old city is still buried under the sand and hill in a wide area and many have been extracted but with time again the sand and monsoon winds cover up the place and the people residing in the area face mobilization issues.
Talakadu Land of Temples
Many temples are being constructed over time in the town, and many are still beneath the sand. The temple of Andheshwara and Gaurishanara have been found and the carvings and the records found on the walls and the pillars show the scripts of the times of Ganga in the Kannada language. The temple of Talakadu is also covered with sand. There are temples of lord shiva in the time depicting the five faces of lord shiva five different temples of lord shiva avatar have been build namely, Arkeshwara, Mallikarjuna, Pathaleshwara, Vidhyanatheswara, and Maruleshwara. According to the locals, there are temples of Lord Vishnu as well known as PanchaKshetrams of Narayana.
How to get there?
The nearest airport is in Bangalore, which is 120 km away. The nearest railway station is in Mysore, at a distance of about 45 km. Talakadu is well connected by buses to nearby cities like Bangalore and Mysore.