Talakad is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery, near Mysore and is known for its sand dunes. There are a number of temples on the banks of the Cauvery in Talakad that are buried under the sand dunes and are excavated once in 12 years for special worship. Talakad was the capital of the Gangas when they ruled over Karnataka. Then it was ruled by the Cholas of Tamil Nadu from the 11th to the 12th century. Then Talakad came under the Hoysalas in the 12th century after this the Vijayanagar Kings and the Maharajas of Mysore patronized this place.
Talakad town has the magnificent temple of Shiva known as Vaidyeshwara.
The temple is built of granite in the Dravidian style. It is claimed
that most the temple structure was built under the Vijayanagar Kings.
Though the Hoysalas added several features to it. The eastern door of
the Navaranga is intricately carved and enormous dwarapalakas decorate
the entrance. Panchalinga darshana is a rare pilgrimage that is
celebrated every few years. The Vaidyeshwara temple, Arkeshwara temple,
Vasukishwara or Pataleshwara temple Saikateshwara or Maraleshwara temple
and Mallikarjuna temple constitute the Panchalingam. The Pataleshwara
Shivalinga is said to change colors according to the time of the day-red
in the morning, black in afternoon and white in the evening.