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