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Photoessay: Sri Vaidyanatheswara Temple, Talakad, Karnataka

Located about 140 km from Bangalore and 45 km from Mysore, Talakad (also called Talakadu) is a popular tourist and pilgrimage center.  A historic site associated with a rather interesting mythical tale, Talakad was once home to about 30 temples most of which have been buried under sand today.  The main temples of Talakad are the the Vaidyanatheshwara, Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara and Mallikarjuna temples which are believed to represent the five faces of Lord Shiva. The idols are in the form of a Linga and a fair called the renowned Panchalinga Darshana is held once every 12 years as an ode to these deities.

A view of the Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad
A view of the Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad

I recently visited the Vaidyanatheshwara temple built in the 14th century by the Chola king Raja Raja I who ruled this region at that time and was stunned by its architectural beauty.  Built in the Dravidian style this temple is replete with sculptural excellence and intricate workmanship.  Here are some pictures from my trip.

Picture of one of the Dwarapalakas at the entrance of Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple
Picture of one of the Dwarapalakas at the entrance of Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple

The richly sculpted walls are adorned with figures of Gods including Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.  The below image of Lord Ganesha riding His vehicle, the mouse catches your attention almost immediately.

Lord Ganesha sculpted on the walls of Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple
Lord Ganesha sculpted on the walls of Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple

The attention to detail and the orante carvings all over are a treat for the eyes.

Outer walls: Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad
Outer walls: Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad

The solid granite rings that hang at the edge of the roof reflect the brilliant craftsmanship of the artisans of the yesteryears.

Outer walls: Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad
Outer walls: Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is worshipped in the form of a linga.

Inside Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad
Inside Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad

Do not miss on some unique sculptures like the “Nagamandala” and one of Lord Bheema.

Unique sculptures on the pillars of Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad
Unique sculptures on the pillars of Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talakad

The below sculpture shows a cow nursing its calf and also pouring milk on the Linga at the same time.  The work of a genius indeed!

Unique sculptures of 2 cows on a pillar of Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple
Unique sculptures of 2 cows on a pillar of Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Temple

A perfect day trip from Bangalore if you are fan of history, architecture and mythology; combined with Mysore, it comes for an insightful weekend getaway from Bangalore.

4 thoughts on “Photoessay: Sri Vaidyanatheswara Temple, Talakad, Karnataka

  1. Very nice article…. nice pics…. meny kings has soo good taste interest in building temples…. did democracy changed all….
    Doubt: we believe brahma vishu and Shiva are creators of universe…. why didn’t they go to US or uk or Russia or Jerusalem or Israeli….. secondly why did they created meny religions… ( no need to answer if its conflicting)

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