Talakad Panchalinga Temples

Talakad Panchalinga Temples

Talakad Panchalinga Temples
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TravelAway111
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A tin shed at the top to cover you from the sun and a long stretch of sand trail (could be 2km +) which you need to follow to visit all the beautiful temples. Lovely experience. Must visit.
Written 2 October 2023
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VaSa2717
Dublin, Ireland63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The temples of Talakad stands as a perfect example of how Shaivism and Vaishnavism co-existed in a cultural society some centuries back. I would recommend people to visit the temples in the evening around 6 to 7 PM as most of them close around 7:30 PM. Do not forget to visit the Cauvery bathing spot. The river bed is not too deep and it good to take a bath even for non-swimmers.

Food -
There are not many options for food like in other towns or villages. There is a couple of mess where you get sumptuous Karnataka meal for dinner and lunch. The food is prepared as per the orders they receive in-person or over the phone. Udupi mess is a must-try for dinner. The food was served hot on the banana leaf and it was very tasty.
Written 22 January 2020
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Amruth Bhat
Bengaluru, India39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
There are cluster of historical temple closer to each other. The temples are beautiful and a must visit if you are near Talakadu.
Written 22 November 2019
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BhuGonde
108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Visiting Talakad and listening to the long history, and may be myths, you'd wonder why this is not one of the top destinations for history enthusiasts. Do visit and discover yourself.
Written 23 August 2019
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Pras Raj
Bengaluru, India420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
Planned this trip to Talacaud along with Shivanasamudra for a one-day trip from Bangalore. Spent close to 3+ hrs in these Talacud temples.
The temples are in 3 clusters:
Cluster 1 - Vaidyanatheshwara temple (panchalinga), veerabhadra temple, Paataaleshwara temple (panchalinga), Maruleshwara temple (panchalinga), Keerthinarayana temple. Cluster 2 - Mudukutore Sri Mallikarjuna temple (panchalinga). Cluster 3 - Sri Arkeshwaraswamy temple (panchalinga).
All the temples in Cluster 1 are in the same proximity and can be reached only by foot. Park your vehicle at Vaidyanatheshwara temple area and start with this temple. Veerabhadra temple is adjacent to it. From here you will have to walk on soft sand for close to 400m to the Paataleshwara temple. This is in a small pit and dug up by the ASI. Thence another 400m to the Maruleshwara temple which is again in a pit. The Keerthinarayana temple is about 500m from here. This is almost adjacent to the Vaidyanatheshwara temple and completes almost a full circle. The walkway on the sand is well covered and well maintained. Photography enthusiasts will like the Keerthinarayana temple followed by Vaiyanatheswara temple in that order. You will find good views of Keerthinarayana temple from the walkway between Paataaleshwara and Maruleshwara temples. Guides are available. There is pooja offered at all temples here.
Note of caution: There are many many monkeys who love ice creams; strongly suggest not be have any eatable or drinks in hand. Also almost everything is sold over MRP in the area due to some tender process it seems.
Cluster 2 and 3 are about 10-15 min from each other. Mallikarjuna temple is atop a hill. There is a good road with a parking area leaving about 100 steps to the temple. The temple offers one of the best views of the area. Try not to get pushed into putting on a bracelet by the Poojari at the foot of the temple for a dakshina. The steps are fairly steep.
Sri Arkeshwara swamy temple is off the normal road and not much visited it seems. It is a Shiva temple again and can be part of itinerary.
Written 11 November 2018
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Shailendra
Hyderabad, India484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
Talakad is famous for the Shiva Panchalinga temples submerged with sand dunes die to some xurse as per local folk tales. The prominent attractions being Vaidyanatheshwara and Keertinarayana temples with interesting architecture like stone carved chain with snake head.

Worth a visit and one can plan this with Chennakesava temple at Somnathpura.
Written 21 September 2018
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bennetwalker
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
The place has a very interesting history which includes the Mysore Wadeyar(King) and a woman who curses the city.
It consists of 5 temples and which is buried under sand for some part of the year which is part of the curse. There is a beautiful river where you can swim and spend time.
Written 22 August 2018
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Lakshman S
Bengaluru, India1,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
There are 5 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, where even today worshipping is going on in Talakadu area. We went there as part of our one-day trip from Bengaluru covering Shivanasamudra-Talakadu. Parking lot is at Vaidyanatheshwara temple and after visiting this temple one can visit other temples by walk viz., Pathaleshwara Swami, Maraleshwara Swami, Arkeshwara Swami. The 5th Shivalinga temple, Sri Mallikarjuna Swami temple is at Madukutore about 5 kms from Talakadu. This is at hilltop and believed to have been established by Sri Adi Shankara.
Written 16 August 2018
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gary063
Bengaluru, India51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
This place is just okay. There are some 5 temples, small ones not like the belur, don't expect much from this place. Don't go by the Pictures shown on social media. There is Cauvery river where people kids everyone was taking bath, washing clothes. There is no proper restaurant so food is not easily available and not great. Hence carry your food and water. Since water bottles available are local.
Written 11 June 2018
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Vandana Goel
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Inspired by the tripadvisor reviews of Talakad, especially its sand buried temples excavated by ASI, sandy beach on Cauvery and many enigmatic tales about the place, we planned a visit to Talakad on Saturday. We started at 6.30 AM with packed lunch and snacks. We wanted to stop for Breakfast at Kanakpura at Vasu Hotel as suggested in some reviews, but the one we saw on the right side of main road did not look very hygienic. Therefore we had breakfast of packed sandwiches in the car. After a beautiful journey with many lakes on the way, we reached Talakad at 9.30 am. We started with the darshan at Vaidyanathan temple. As there was no crowd, we finished in 20 minutes. Dwarpalaks with bull face on the stomach were really interesting. We noticed it, thanks to tripadvisor reviews, otherwise we would have missed it. There we did not find any guide and temple priest also did not tell us anything about the place. Then we saw adjoining Veerbhadra temple. After that we walked in sand up to Pataleshwar temple, a very small temple which was closed even at 10 am. We were told by a stall-owner near the temple to go Cauvery beach and come back after some time. So we again walked on sandy path for about 10 minutes to reach the river.

There was no crowd at this time and we took a coracle ride to pass the time, but it was fun as only me and my husband were in the coracle. Coracle guy told us about Kapila Cauvery and Tala Cauvery sangam during boat ride of about 20 minutes. We enjoyed the rotational movement of coracle in the shallow waters, which also had thick vegetation growth and we could also see lot of fish. Ride was very cheap at Rs. 50 per person.

Then we returned to Pataleshwar temple, which was open now. We had darshan now, but are unable to say anything about change of color of lingam. From there again we started a long walk to Marleshwar temple. Good thing about this path is that it is covered throughout providing shade in blazing Sun. A pandit sitting at the entrance forced us to take kumkum haldi despite our lack of interest and then demanded Rs. 20 for it, which we paid reluctantly. More frustrating was that even this temple was closed at 10.45 am, but we had good darshan of lingam through railings of the door. After this temple, we further walked and reached the Chowdeshwari temple.

Next on the road was Keertinarayan Temple, which is a big complex. There information about the temple complex are explained on a board. There is a big tea shop outside, where one can take a tea and snacks. This temple is adjacent to Vaidyanathan temple.

After that we went to Mallikarjuna temple, which is 6 km on the road to Bangalore. This is the fourth of Panchlinga temple. This temple is on a hill and after climbing around 300 steps, we were surprised to see many cars at that point, realizing the car could have come to that point. We called our car to that point for return journey. From that point, there were only about 100 steps to the temple. Views of Cauvery and surrounding scenery are great from this temple. It is big temple complex and being expanded further.

After this we proceeded to last Panchlinga temple, Arakeshwar temple, which was very small and no one was there except us. However, pandit did a good puja for us. Journey from Mallikarjuna temple to Arakeshwar by an inner road was beautiful as road was good with fields on both sides and no traffic. One could easily imagine the beauty when paddy fields are lush green.

From there, we proceeded to Barachukki falls at Sivasamudram. We had our packed lunch in the car. Our next stop was Ranganatha temple on the way to the falls. There are three temples of Ranganatha on the banks of river Cauvery, where Lord Ranganatha is in a reclining position. One at Srirangapatna, known as Adi Ranganatha, second one was this temple known as Madhya Ranganatha and last one at Srirangam near Trichy known as Anta Ranganatha. Finally we reached Barachukki falls viewpoint after paying entrance fee at forest checkpoint. To our disappointment, there was very little water in the falls. We got our pictures taken by a local photographer and were happy to have instant prints of these photos as memento of this place. From there, we went to dargah point to see the falls, but there was no water. So we cancelled our plan to drive to Gaganchukki falls and started back to Bangalore at 2.30 pm.

Visit to Talakad would have been more interesting, if there were information and presentation from archaeological viewpoint made available to tourists, rather than make these only religious places.

Tips for the visit: 1. Do not reach Talakad complex very early, as many temples open late. In case you reach early, first go to river Cauvery and take a coracle ride. 2. Just by missing one small temple of Pataleshwar, one can avoid long difficult walk in sand. As after visiting Vaidyanathan and adjoining Veerbhadra temple, one can take a drive to nearby Keetinarayan temple and Chowdeshwari temple. From there one can walk to Marleshwar temple in 5 minutes. But if one is keen to do darshan of all 5 lingam, one has to walk the whole distance in sand. 3. Say no strongly to pandits selling puja things, especially to one sitting outside Marleshwar temple. 4. There are 5 panchlingam temple, out of which three Vidyanathan, Pataleshwar and Maraleshwar are in Talakad complex and two Mallikarjuna and Arakeshwara are at some distance. Drive up to the top of Mallikarjuna temple from side road instead of taking the main entrance. 6. One would not find standard and hygenic places for food and it is better to take food along.
Written 4 February 2018
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