Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sri Maruleshwara Temple, Talkad

Maruleshwara Temple at Talkad is one of the oldest temple here. Recent excavations have unearthed this temple and some other prominent temples. This temple built sometime between 11th and 12th century by the kings of Ganga Dynasty. 



The sanctum of the  temple has Shivalinga.  The temple is amidst the sand dunes and down in side the protective walls built to save the temples from sand movements. To reach this temple one has to climb down series of steps. 



This is a small and simple temple without any sculptural decorations on the exterior walls of the temple like any other temples of that period.

29 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Nice little temple in quiet environs !

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

unusual to have a simple and small temple. you had been show such ornate temples.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice shots of the temple.

Liz Needle said...

It's an interesting building and unlike the usual temples you see. I like the simplicity of it. How old is it?

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

Thanks

Jeevan said...

Beautiful captures! I guess you have posted about this temple before.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Seems interesting the temple was covered in sand. Probably a river changed its course at some point in time.

George said...

This is a very interesting temple. I really like the simplicity.

Sylvia K said...

A beautiful little temple, but so different from most! Great captures as always, Rajesh!! I hope you and your family have a lovely weekend!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Amazing, I'm glad that it is preserved.

Felicia said...

so simple yet beautiful.

ladyfi said...

That a very old temple!

Leovi Leovi said...

Some nice pictures, interesting place!

Lowell said...

Another most interesting structure! It must feel strange to walk down to a temple rather than up. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Definitely simple in design (anywhere, but especially compared to the Temples you usually show us.) Very interesting.

Nora said...

Such a wonderful photo series. I love the colors and the light!

Rajesh said...

Jeevan: That is a similar temple at Talkad. Both are different.

Thomas Lee said...

nice discovery

Tom said...

Interesting how much of history gets buried in time. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

In the first photo, I thought I was looking at a very intricate wedding cake!

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Sridharan Srinivasan said...

I visited this temple a few years back.. Though a small temple, it is set in an interesting locale.

Arun Prasadh said...

Nice temple. The who talakad temple complex is beautiful.

Yogi Saraswat said...

This temple built sometime between 11th and 12th century by the kings of Ganga Dynasty. Real treasure .

Amit Agarwal said...

nice post!

harshita joshi said...

Looks interesting

vamagandhi said...

Talakadu as I remember was a small village beside Cauvery, with umpteens of temples mostly Shiva-based, and this particular temple as you said was amidst sand and dunes. We walked through the sand, and on that some may be a km long path, many smaller Shiva temples came, one of them which strikes me is probably Pataleshwar. This place also had some link with Tipu Sultan who had patronised these temples. That has a bit of importance in present conflicts in the region regarding his anti-hindu motives. This series of temples is atleast one witness to Tipu Sultan`s pro-hindu stance. Anyway, those were things of yore and who knows the truth.

You revived the memory, and tons of thanks for that.

Alok singhal said...

This looks a very old temple...nice visiting it here!

Rakesh Pandey said...

Such a small and beautiful temple!

VJ Sharma said...

Good one!