Travel – Talakadu – Karnataka – India

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Vaidyeshvara temple

Talakadu is a little town/village on the banks of river Kaveri about 45 km (28 miles) from Mysore Karnataka (India). Basically it supposed to have hosted about 30 temples, most of which now lay buried in sand. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Beliefs:Β The name Talakadu derived from two Kirata twin brothers, Tala and Kadu, who saw elephants worshiping the Shiva linga. Lord Rama is said to have visited here on his way to Lanka.

History:Β Oldest mention of the city of Talakadu somewhere in 3rd century. By 11th century in control of Cholas, taken over by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana after 100 years. Later Vijayanagar Empire controlled them. Finally Mysore kingdom took over.

Curse of Talakadu: King Tirumala being suffering from an incurable disease, came to Talakad to visit temple of Vaidyesvara. His second wife Alamelamma who was taking charge of the kingdom then wanted to see the dying husband at Talakad handing over the kingdom to Raja Wodeyar of Mysore. But Raja Wodeyar being greedy sent his men to attack the queen, and Rani Alamelamma went to the banks of the river Cauvery, and threw all valuables including jewels in the river and finally drowned herself. She is supposed have cursed Mysore throne to not to have heirs in the future and Talakadu to be buried in sand ! Talakadu, a vibrant city today remains buried in sand and Mysore royal family struggled to have heir to the throne since the 17th century! But science says an ecological disaster wiped the civilization here burying the temple city in sand.

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Kirtinarayana temple, recovered from the sand
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Mahadwara recovered from the sand.
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Mahadwara another view
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Check the work here.. this chain is made up of rock.. that means someone did it on single piece of rock!
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Shiva Lingas
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600 years of worship happened here.
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River Cauvery where the queen killed herself.
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Inside the temple
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Witness to the history still standing tall.

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Travel: You can travel here on a day trip my Mysore. Advised to take hired taxi if you don’t have your own transportation.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the history. You described it very well. Want to go soon

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you.. yes its amazing to walk around with the info in pocket!

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  2. Rekha says:

    Reminds me of the time when I visited talakadu. I did not know all the names of these temples. Thanks πŸ™‚
    We did have a guide but he thought I was a north Indian so he was trying to explain things in English. I was tired of telling him that I know Kannada πŸ˜‘

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    1. Raj says:

      That’s funny.. kannadigas dont take guide generally…. πŸ˜†

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      1. Rekha says:

        He was pretty insisted on being our guide. Waste of money you know! But my cousins and parents were like poor thing, he ll get some money πŸ˜‘

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  3. Amy says:

    Wow, what a restoring work from sands, and the stone chain… Incredible!!
    Awesome photos of this glorious architecture!
    Thank you for the historical info, Raj!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Amy.. Yes its a massive work.. whole of south India filled with such architecture.. 😍

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      1. Amy says:

        Hope to see more from you lens. πŸ™‚

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      2. Raj says:

        I will try my best! πŸ™‚

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      3. Amy says:

        Whenever you get a chance to visit. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. Yoly says:

    Great post Raj. Rich in a lot of history πŸ˜‰

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Yoly.. history makes places special.. 😁

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  5. Lovely!! History is always interesting to know!! Thanks for the beautiful introduction

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    1. Raj says:

      Yes Tanvir… that makes these places special!

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  6. Marie says:

    The rock chain is incredible. How much work that must have been.

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    1. Raj says:

      Yes.. I have seen more intricate work than these in sound Indian temples.. but they must be amazingly dedicated people!

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  7. N says:

    Beautiful pictures and a lovely post as always.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you N for your appreciation… as always.. πŸ™‚

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