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
Mythology, Talakadu derives its name from two demons talA and kADa who inhabited
this place. Probably, the derivation tala (Head, leading) kADu (
the capital of the
Even 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
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.
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.
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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