Monday, 15 April 2013

Talakad: A dynasty lost beneath layers of sand

Talakad: A dynasty lost beneath layers of sand 

Talakad, a small village in Mysore District, was the capital of the Gangas in the middle of 2nd century. They built many temples around Talakad and this place was later taken over by Cholas of Tamil Nadu. In the later part of 14th century, the Hoysalas defeated the Cholas to rule over Talakad which was then passed on to the Vijayanagara kings.
During the rule of the Vijayanagara kingdom, the king at Srirangapatnam got struck with a deadly disease and went to Talakad to get this disease cured by offering prayers to the Lord, but later when his wife Rangamma, who was taking care of the kingdom, learnt that the king might not live too long, left the throne in the hands of the Wodeyars of Mysore till she was supposed to return back. The Wodeyars, having an eye on the nose-jewel of the Rani, attacked Talakad. Rangamma, furious with this, threw the jewel into the Cauvery and cursed the place of Talakad to be submerged under sand and the Maharajas of Mysore fail to beget heirs. The town of Talakad is still under sand and one has to walk on dry sand through the forests to visit the temples which have been excavated by the ASI. We took a coracle ride at Cauvery and the boatman explained us the story. Later we visited all the temples of Talakad.
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Directions: Drive along Kanakapura road. From Kanakapura, proceed towards Malavalli. From there, drive south to Talakad.
Nearby places: Somnathpura, Shivanasamudra falls
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Chikkatirupathi & Kalkunte: An interesting circuit

Chikkatirupathi & Kalkunte: An interesting circuit

Overview: Wondering what to do on a Sunday, I decided to take my in-laws for a trip just out of Bangalore. We decided to go to Chikkatirupathi. It was overcast but little chances of rain. So we set off in our car. We went through Outer ring road, Sarjapura via Wipro campus, from Sarjapura village took the Chikkatirupathi road. We enjoyed the countryside and the nice cool weather complimenting it. It took a little over an hour to reach that place. Being a holiday, the temple was a bit crowded. There was some special puja happening inside the temple. We had the darshan of the Lord and offered flowers. The temple is not a very huge one but had lovely colourful gopurams. This place is known as Chikkatirupathi as it has the deity of Venkataramanaswamy and is like a miniature version of the temple in Tirupathi. We roamed around the market area around the temple and proceeded to Kalkunte Agrahara.
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At Kalkunte there is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha Swamy in its inclined position. When we went there we were disappointed to see the temple locked. But to our fortune the priest came and opened it for us. It was very cool inside and we had a close look at the deity. It was a wonderful experience at Kalkunte. After this we headed back towards home via Whitefield.
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How to reach: Bus: BMTC & KSRTC buses ply from Majestic to Chikkatirupathi via Kalkunte.
By Bike/Car: Take the ORR and from Sarjapur proceed towards Chikkatirupathi. For Kalkunte, proceed towards Whitefield from Chikkaritupathi, on the way is the Ranganathaswamy temple in Kalkunte.
Food/Accommodation: Not many options for food available on the way.
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