On the left-bank of the river Kaveri, you find the ‘desert-like’ town, Talakadu. This is around 45 kms from Mysore and 133 kms from the city of Bangalore. At one time, this town had around thirty temples. Most of these are buried in sand.
This town is well known for the Vaidyanatheshwara temple of Lord Shiva. This town derives the name from local chieftains, Tala and Kada.
This place is an ideal place for all those in love with history.
Among the temples of this town, the 5 lingams, said to represent the 5 faces of Lord Shiva, forming the Panch Pathi, are well known. These are the Maruleshwara, Patheleshwara, Vaidyanatheeshwara, Arkeshwara and Mallikarjuna. Every 12 years a festival is held here. This is a tribute to the 5 temples and is called the Panchlinga Darshana.
This Panchlinga Darshana is held on a ‘New Moon’ day in the Karthika month.
It is said that Pataleshwara Shivalinga changes colors according to the time of the day.