When I reached a small temple closer by the Kapila River at Nanjangud, a colorful wedding procession was forming.
An introduction to the magnificent Nanjundeshwara Temple near the right bank of the Kapila River in Nanjangud.
Here are some additional tips on visiting Nanjangud. Continue reading Visiting Nanjangud
Other sights in Nanjangud include the 15th century Ragavendra Math, a popular pilgrimage site situated close to the Nanjundeshwara Temple that features the remains of five saints of the Ragavendra sect, and a sacred spot called the Parasurama Kshetra. Continue reading Other Sights in Nanjangud
It probably wasn’t a coincidence that there was an elephant standing outside the Nanjundeshwara Temple when I visited it; for in the 19th century the local ruler the Tippu Sultan donated a precious jade Shiva-linga and emerald necklace to the temple after his favorite pachyderm was cured of blindness by the deity. Continue reading Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple Elephant
Both the town of Nanjangud and the Nanjundeshwara Temple probably derive their names from Nanjayya, the name of a native folk deity who later became identified as Shiva. According to a popular local legend, the Devas (gods) appealed to Shiva for protection from an Asura (demon) called Kesian that was terrorizing them. Shiva advised them invite the demon to a yagna (ritual sacrifice) at the confluence of the Kapila, Koundina, and Markina rivers near to where the Nanjundeshwara Temple now stands and throw him into the fire pit when he arrived at the ceremony. Continue reading Mythical Origins of the Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple
The Nanjundeshwara Temple stands close to the right bank of the Kapila River, and dates back to the ninth century AD when it was built by the Gangas. Over the following thousand years, it was greatly expanded by various patrons from the Chola, Hoysala, Vijayanagara, and Wodeyar dynasties that ruled over the region during this period. Continue reading Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple
I’m not sure why I didn’t shoot much video footage of Talakad while I was there, but here are some shots of the surrounding countryside. It truly is a beautiful part of Karnataka.
If you plan to visit Talakad, Somanathapur, Tirumakudalu Narasipur, and Nanjangud from overseas, the best option is to fly directly to Bengaluru International Airport and then take road transportation from there. Continue reading Talakad: Travel Tips for Overseas Visitors
Apart from the Kesava Temple, there is very little else to see in Somanathapur except for a couple of moribund tourist shops. Continue reading Visiting Somanathapur