17th June 2018.
This Sri Maraleshwara Shiva temple is one of the Shiva temples of Panchalinga Temples in and around of Talakad. Sri Pataleshwara Temple, Maruleshwara Temple and Vaidyanatheshwara Temples are near to each other and Arkeshwara temple and Mallikarjuna temples are out side Talakad. We had visited the three Shiva temples out of 5 Shiva Temples in Talakadu. These three temples are once under sand dunes. Excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI) during 1970s and protective walls are also constructed around the temple. This may be due change of direction of Kaveri River or due to flood. But there is a legend behind this phenomena, which we are not dealing now.
Iraivan : Sri Maruleswara
Some of the important details are…
This temple is also facing east of about 20 feet below the ground level with protective walls. A Hero stone and half buried statues are out side the sanctum. It was believed that the moolavar Shiv linga was installed and worshiped by Brahma. Moolavar Maraleshwara is little large made out of sand stone also called as Saikateswara ( Sand ). ( Maralu in kannada means sand ). Gangas period moorthys of Maheswarar, Vishnu, Ambiga, Pickshadanar, Durgai, Murugan/ Karthikeya, Surya, and Vinayagar are in the arthamandapam.
The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala and Arthamandapam. The sanctum plinth has jagathi, kumuda, gala and mahapatti makes the plinth as padabandha adhistana. The vimana above the sanctum was built during recent years.
It was believed that the this temple was constructed by Gangas during 10th Century.
The temple will be kept opened between 08.00 hrs to 18.30 Hrs.
HOW TO REACH:
Talakadu ia bout 29 KM from T Narasipura and 45 KM from Mysore and 130 KM from Bangalore.
KSRTC buses are available fro T Narasipra and Mysore.
half buried statues
Durga and Karthikeya
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