Talakad Sand Dunes & 101 Linga

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Walking through the Talakad sand dunes knowing that an ancient city lies buried underneath you is almost a surreal experience. It’s also quite an exhausting one, too, as with each step you fight to stop your feet from sinking into the finely-grained sand.

A stroll around the village itself is a lot less tiring but just as dream-like as you come across tiny obscure shrines and a mysterious collection of 101 linga combined together.

Even though the area is covered in so much sand, it can hardly be described as a desert with its rich vegetation.

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Although there are a lot of references about the number of temples buried underneath the sand, no records seem to exist of how many people perished there.

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Small magical shrines can be found in the sandy hillside.

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A statue of the faithful Nandi sits outside guarding the shrine.

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The Shiva linga stands serene and silent.

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This collection of 101 Shiva linga can be seen in a temple in the village of Talakad.

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Here’s a close up of the Shiva linga on the top of the statue.

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