Talakkad Sri Vaidyanatheshwara swamy temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sri Pathaleshwara,
  • Murudeshwara,
  • Arukeshwara
  • Sri vaidyanatheshwara
  • Mallikarjuna swamy

Location :

Talakkad Sri Vaidyanatheswara Swamy Temple,
Talkad / Talakadu village, T.Narsipura Taluk,
Mysore District-571122,

Timings :

  • Morning 8.30 am to 1.30pm
  • Evening 4.30 pm to 8.30pm
    • Dhanurmasa:
  • Morning:3.30am to 7.30Am
  • Morning :8.30am to 1.30pm
  • Evening 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
    • Saturday&Sunday-Holidays:
  • Morning 8.30Am to 2.30pm
  • Evening 3.30 pm to 8.30pm
    • Mudukuthore :
  • Morning 7.30 am to Evening 7.30pm

Temple History :

Talakad(also known as Talakadu) is a town on the left bank of the river Kaveri at a spot where the river makes a sharp bend. It is 45 km from Mysore and 140 km from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. A historic site, Talakad once had over 30 temples that today are buried in sand. Now it is a scenic and spiritual pilgrimage center. Here the river Kaveri flows towards east,changes course and seems magnificently vast as here the sand on its banks spreads over a wide area.

At Talakad sand covers the temples. Stone pillars, square at the base and made to fit into a wheel below the abacus, lie scattered about. Among the temples of Talakad, the Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanatheshwara and Sri Mallikarjuna temples, the five Lingams believed to represent the five faces of Shiva, form the Pancha pathi and have become famous. In honour of these five Shiva temples, a fair is held once every 3 to 12 years called Panchalinga Darshana, last held in 2009. The Panchalinga Darshana is held on Pournami(a new moon day) in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka. On this day, tradition has it that pilgrims should first bathe in the Gokarna theertham, worship Gokarnatheswara and Chowdeswari, and then worship Vaidyeshwara, and then bathe in the northern eastern southern and western stretches of the Kaveri and then worship Arkeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maraleshwara and Mallikarjuna, returning to Vaidyeshwara after each worship, finally worship Keerthinarayana and conclude the pilgrimage in one day.

History: According to local legend, Ramanujacharya during his sojourn in Karnataka (also called Melnadu), established five Vishnu temples known as Pancha Narayana Kshetrams. Talakad is one of the Pancha Narayana Kshetrams where the Keerthi Narayana temple was established and the presiding Deity in this temple is Keerthi Narayana. It is the classical Indian story . A tale told by gods and demons, filled with kings and queens, replete with curses and boons. There is a little bit of history here, blended with some geology and topped with legends and myths. Set on the banks of the River Cauvery in Karnataka, this saga dates back to the 4th century and has certain intriguing elements, defying the very laws of nature.

Story of Talakad: The story of Tala and Kada, the two hunters, after whom this town in named. Also it is said that a sage called Somadatta and his disciples were killed by wild elephants when they were doing their penance. They were said to be reborn as elephants in the same forest. Two hunters, Tala and Kada watched the ritual of the elephants offering prayers to a silk cotton tree. And out of curiosity, axed the tree down, only to find it bleeding. A voice then instructed them to heal the wound with the leaves and the blood miraculously turned milk which immortalized the hunters and the elephants as well. A temple later was built here around the tree, and the place became known as Talakadu.

In the year 1634 it was conquered by the Mysore Raja under the following circumstances. Tirumala-Raja, sometimes called Sri Ranga Raya, the representative of the Vijayanagar family at Srirangapatna, being afflicted with an incurable disease, came to Talkad for the purpose of offering sacrifices in the temple of Vedesvara. His wife Rangamma was left in charge of the Government of Srirangapatna ; but she, hearing that her husband was on the point of death, soon after left for Talkad with the object of seeing him before he died, handing over Srirangapatna and its dependencies to Raja Wodeyar of Mysore, whose dynasty ever afterwards retained them. It appears that Raja Wodeyar had been desirous of possessing a costly nose-jewel which was the property of the Rani, and being unable to obtain possession of it by stratagem, and eager to seize any pretext for acquiring fresh territory, he levied an army and procceded against Talkad, which he took by escalade ; the Raja of latter place falling in the action. The Rani Rangamma thereupon went to the banks of the Cauvery, and throwing in the jewel, drowned herself opposite M?lingi, at the same time uttering a three-fold curse,”Let Talakad become sand. let Malingi become a whirlpool ; let the Mysore Rajas fail to beget heirs.” The latter part is now happily of no effect.

Talakadu – Buried under the sands: It is the classical Indian story . A tale told by gods and demons, filled with kings and queens, replete with curses and boons. There is a little bit of history here, blended with some geology and topped with legends and myths. Set on the banks of the River Cauvery in Karnataka, this saga dates back to the 4th century and has certain intriguing elements, defying the very laws of nature.

Festivals :

  • MahaSivarathri
  • Bandarasamma Festival
  • Vaidyanatheshwara Prathyakshosthava
  • Maarkandeyosthava
  • Uyaloosthava/Shiva Sayanotsava
  • Aadi Sukravara Pooja
  • Aashada Sukravara
  • Karhika masa pooja
  • Kruthikosthava
  • Chikka Jathre
  • Arudrotsava
  • Manonmani Ammanavara Vardhondi
  • Sankranthi Festivals
  • Navarathri

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Astothara,Bilva Patrarchane,kukumarchane – Rs 20
  • Bilva Sahasranama Archane – Rs 13
  • Lalitha Sahasranama – Rs 13
  • Bilva Thrishathi – Rs 10
  • Lalitha Thrishathi – Rs 10
  • Ekavaara Rudrabisheka – Rs 50
  • Ekavaara Abhisheka – Rs 15
  • Shaalyanna Abisheka – Rs 15
  • Panchanrithabhishekha – Rs 10
  • Mosaranna Nivedane – Rs 10
  • Tholoshava – Rs 25
  • Kai Vahanotsava – Rs 25
  • Dodda Vahanotsava – Rs 15
  • Mantapotsava – Rs 25

Nearest Temples Around Talakkad Sri Vaidyanatheshwara swamy temple :

  • Mysore Chamundeshwari temple – 54 km
  • Mysore Palace Swetha Varaha Swamy temple – 49 km
  • Tirumakudal Gunja Narasimha temple – 16 km
  • Nanjangud Sri Kanteswara/Nanjundeswara temple – 44 km
  • Kalale LAKSHMI Kanta temple – 55 km
  • Narasamangala Rameswara temple – 68 km
  • Gundlu pet Vijaya narayana temple – 84 km
  • Male Mahadeswara betta Male Mahadeswara temple – 100 km
  • Chamaraja Nagar Chamarajeshwara temple – 47 km
  • Gopalaswamy Hills Hinala Gopala temple – 104 km
  • BR Hills Biligiri Ranganatha temple – 56 km
  • SriRangapatna Ranganatha swamy temple – 61 km
  • Melkote Cheluva narayana temple – 95 km
  • Kikkeri Brrahmeswara temple – 113 km
  • Hosaholalu Lakshmi Narayana temple – 101 km
  • Govindana halli Panchalingeswara temple – 118 km
  • Nagamangala Soumyakesava temple temple – 110 km
  • Basaralu Mallikarjuna temple – 77 km
  • Karighatta Srinivasa temple – 65 km
  • Adichunchanagiri Kalabhairaveswara temple – 132 km
  • Halebeedu Hoyasaleswra and Kedarewara temple – 196 km
  • Shravana bela gola Gomateswara/Bhahubali temple – 118 km
  • Hassan Hasanamba temple – 163 km
  • Koravangala Bucheswara temple – 168 km
  • Nuggehalli Lakshmi Narasimha temple – 150 km
  • Haranhalli Someswara/narasimha temple – 179 km
  • Mosale Nageswara&chennakesava temple – 156 km
  • Arisikere Iswara 180 km
  • Doddagaddavalli Sri lakshmi devi temple – 187 km
  • Madikeri Omkareswara temple – 169 km
  • Bhagamandala Bhagandeswara temple – 204 km
  • Igguthappadevara Betta Igguthappa temple – 184 km
  • Talakaveri Agastheswara/talakaveri temple – 212 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Mysore – 48 km
  • T.Narsipura – 17 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Tandavapura – 59 km
  • Kadakola – 56 km
  • Yeliyur – 60 km
  • Mysore – 50 km
  • HampaPura – 31 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Mangalore – 313 km
  • Bangalore – 332 km

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