Thursday, 28 June 2018


17th June 2018.
Talakadu near Mysuru is known as Dalavanapura and Gajaranya in Sanskrit was the capital of Gangas from 4th to 10th century. Gangas were succeeded by Chozhas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara and Mysore Wodayars. This temple was once completely covered with sand dunes and excavated during 1911 AD.  The Temple is presently under the control of Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI).

Moolavar : Sri Vishnu as Sri Kirtinarayana
Thayar    : Sri Sundaravalli

Some of the important details are...
The temple is facing east  with Dwaramandapam and a Palipedam. Thayar Sundaravalli is in Dwaramandapam, may be a base of Rajagopura without the super structure. The moolavar is 8 feet high,  holding conch and disc in the upper hands stands in samabhanga posture on a lotus pedestal. Urchavrar or the procession deity Vishnu with Boodevi and Sridevi are in front.

The main sanctum was built out of granite in Hoysala – Dravida style. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum and a mandapam with three entrances built over a large plinth with jagati has on plan a stellate grabhagriha. The mandapa  or the navaranga is spacious, has lathe turned  pillars and ceiling adorned by creeper scrolls, lotuses and other floral designs. The mandapa pillars has the reliefs of Ramanuja, Namazhwar, Vedhantha Desikar and ugra narasima in the arthamandapa pillars.

As per the inscriptions this temple was built and consecrated on the 7th December 1117 AD, the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana to commemorate the Victory over Chozhas. The title of “Talakadugonda”  was assumed after this victory. It was told that the Sri Ramanuja was behind the victory. The place also renamed as Thalakadu from Rajarajapuram, changed during Chozha's rule. From the Kannada inscriptions Talakad was guarded by the chieftains Adhiyaman, Narasimhavarman and Thikulathaman of Chozha Kings. In the battle Adhiyaman was asked to surrender by the Vishnuvardhana's chieftain Veeragangan. In turn Adhiyaman replied that he can take Talakad after their victory. In the battle Chozhas were defeated and Adhiyaman was Killed. Through the Victory Veeragangan assumed the title of "Veeragangan who conquered thikula ( Chozhas in Kannada )" 

Chozha period Tamil  inscriptions are also found on the pedestal and lathe turned pillars.  The sanctum vimana was collapsed due to rain in 2002 and the total sanctum sanctorum was dismantled and rebuilt by A S I.

The temple will be kept opened between 08.00 hrs to 18.30 Hrs.

Talakadu is about 29 KM from T Narasipura, 45 KM from Mysore and 130 KM from Bangalore.
KSRTC buses are available from T Narasipura and Mysore. 


 Tamil inscriptions
Tamil inscriptions

I extend my sincere thanks to Mr John, archaeologist & Teacher to take us to all the temples and explained us the details. And also extend my thanks to the participants Mr Srinivasan, Mrs Sakthi Prakash, Mr Sadhasivam and Mr Raghu.