Talakadu, (talakADu) (ತಲಕಾಡು) which is usually considered to be a tourist
destination and a picnic spot is much more than that. It has a significance
related to history, archaeology and sculpture which dates back to centuries. This
small village in Tirumakudalu Narasipura taluk of
to Mythology, Talakadu derives its name from two demons talA and kADa who
inhabited this place. Probably, the derivation tala (Head, leading) kADu (
was the capital of the
though Talakadu was ruled by important dynasties of Karnataka not much of
architectural and sculptural significance has survived from those times. Recent
excavations have uncovered a few temples hidden under the sand dunes. Some of
them are well preserved and contain ponds also. Some relics of the
Keerhinarayana temple built by Vishnuvardhana the Hoysala monarch in 1171 A.D., the Vaidyeshvara shrine rebuilt by Madhavamantri in the mid fourteenth century and the Gaurishnakara are the important temples that are to be seen now. There are tangible evidences to conclude that Talakadu harbored Jaina temples as early as the tenth century. A statue of Jina with an inscription stands in a near by field.
Keerthinarayana temple was built to commemorate the victory of Vishnuvardhana over the Cholas. This is a Vaishnava shrine built of black granite and bricks. This is a good example of Hoysala architecture. It contains a Garbha gudi, a navaranga and a sukanasi standing on an elevated platform. The pillars are star shaped, circular or octagonal. The icon of the presiding deity stands ten feet tall. The statues of the Sri Vaishnava saints and the icon of Lakshmi in the Navaranga belong to the Vijayanagara period.
Vaidyeshvara temple manifests a combination of Hoysala and Dravidian architecture. The main temple is surrounded by a huge compound and many small temples are attached to the compound. The ten feet high statues of Dwarapalakas (Door keepers) are among the biggest in Karnataka. This temple is a serious subject of study for iconographists and sculptors. Talakadu holds a few more temples and mutts built during recent centuries.
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