Talakad has three temples of Lord Shiva and one temple for Lord Vishnu. The main temple of the town is Vaidyanatheswara temple aka Vaideeshwareswar temple. (Vaidyanatheswara is a name for Lord Shiva).
As mentioned above, Talakad town is also famous for Panchalinga Darshan (Darshan of five Shiv Lingas). The main temple, Vaidyanatheswara temple is one of the five Shivlingas (one of the Pancha lingas). From the famous Vaidyanatheswar temple, if you walk on sand for about 3 kms, you will reach the temple of Pataleswar. This temple is completely buried under sand dunes. The temple comes to life when it is excavated for the Panchalinga Darshan festival held once in every twelve years. As the temple is located underground from the path, as it is completely buried under the sand, the lord got the name "Pataleswar". The word "Patal" means "under-ground".
The Pataleswar temple is very small. It has just one idol of Lord Shiv linga. The highlight of the temple is that it is believed that the idol keeps changing the color naturally. It seems the color of Shiv linga is different during sunrise, afternoon, and during sunset.
There are buses to Talakad from Mysore city. The best way to travel is either by car or taxi from Mysore. For hotels and good restaurants, you need to go to Mysore city.
Site Name: Pataleswar Temple
Site Type: Temple buried in sand
Location: Talakad or Talakadu town, 50 kms from Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Highlight: Temple buried in sand; one of the Pancha lingas; the color of Linga changes naturally
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Local Transport: Easily reachable from Mysore; It is better to travel by car or taxi rather than depending on public transport
Hotel: It is best to stay at Mysore (50 kms from here)
Restaurants: Good restaurants are available only at Mysore
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