Talakad or Talakadu as it is commonly called, a desert-like town situated on the left banks of the Kaveri river --right where the river takes a sharp turn. Lying at a distance of 133 km from Bangalore and 45 km from Mysore, this historic site, Talakadu once boasted of over 30 temples. Today, most of these places of interest are buried under the sands and are no longer visible to visitors—especially those belonging to the Hindu faith. However, devotees come here from far and wide to offer their prayers and enjoy the beauty of the eastward flowing River Kaveri that changes its course here.
There are very few tales regarding the origin of this town. A story that keeps doing the rounds is that the name of the region is attributed to Tala and K?du -- the Kir?ta twin brothers, who resided in the area. As they were cutting down a tree one day, they witnessed a wild elephants worshiping an image of Shiva. It is believed that these elephants were basically rishis transformed into animals. The tress chopped by them was miraculously restored and all the sadhus attained m?ksha through their act. This place was called Tala-k?du and translated to Dala-vana in Sanskrit. The temple Veerabadra swamy contains two stone images that were placed at the entrance to represent the brothers.