Located 45 km from Mysore and near the left banks of River Kaveri, are the famous Temples of Talakad. Just where the river takes a sharp bend, you will come upon the twice-cursed town of Talakad. The region was once a veritable desert and was buried under the weight of sands brought in by River Kaveri. As per folklores and mythological tales, the unearthed temples of Talakad are a mélange of antiquity, legends and religious fervor.
It is said that each year, sand hills going up to a height of 9 to 10 feet would start advancing towards the city (these were lifted by the winds of south-west monsoons). Over a period of time, the old city of Talakad was completely submerged under sands. In the early years of the 20th century, the two temples of Anandesvara and Gaurisankara were discovered from the depths of sands and were later unearthed, fragment by fragment. While some of these temples have been traced back to the times of Ganga dynasty, others date back to the dynasties if Chidanandasvami and Wodeyar.
Here, you will find five temples presided by Lord Shiva—they represent his 5 avatars or different faces and are together called Pancha Pathi. If you plan to visit these temples, then remember to time yourself with its world renowned fair, which is held every 12 years. This fair is known as Panchalinga Darshana and is an occasion where the various avatars of Lord Shiva re celebrated and honored.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Visit Duration||3 to 4 hours|