Mysore to Talakad

A trip from Mysore to Talakad would take one to the ruins of Vaidyeshwara temple. The entire site is buried under sand dunes and only the temple stands out of the place. Situated by the meandering Kaveri river bound eastwards, Talakad is 48 km from The city of Mysore. The region had around 30 temples once upon a glorious time but has been completely buried by the approaching sand dunes.

One of the historical excursions from Mysore, Talakad has been patronized by the Chola rulers of 11 th and 12 th century, the Hoysalas, the Vijaynagara rulers as also the rulers of Mysore. The site is famous now for its Panchalingams Mallikarjuna, Saikateshwara or Maraleshwara, Vasukishwara or Pataleshwara, Arkeshwara and the Vaidyeshwara temple is said to change into red color in the morning, black when it is afternoon and white during the evening attracting devotees during these times.
The Vaidyeshwara temple is made of granite in the true Dravidian Style.

The Panchalingams of Talakad can be viewed all together only once in a few years. The devotees bathe in the Gokarna Teertham, pay their tribute to Gokarneswara and Chandikadevi and then worship the Vaidyeshwara lingam. This should be followed by another bath in the north, east, south and west stretches of Kaveri river and visit the other four lingams alternating each time with a visit to the Vaidyeshwara lingam. This complete process would make one successful pilgrimage in Talakad during this time. The trip from Mysore to Talakad would take one to this historically and culturally important site.

Last Updated on 9/14/2011