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Vaidyesvara Temple, Talkad

DISTRICT: Mysore; TALUK: T. Narasipura
LOCALITY: Talkad (Lat. 12° 11' N; Long. 77° 02' E)

Known as Dalavanapura and Gajaranya in Sanskrit, Talkad was the capital of the Gangas, who ruled present Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, Bengaluru and Kolar districts from the 4th  to 10th   century AD, under Gangavadi 96,000. The Gangas were succeeded by the Imperial Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara and the Mysore Wodeyars.

The Vaidyesvara temple complex with mixed Ganga, Chola and Hoysala stylistic features is datable between circa 10th- 14th century AD. The temple on plan has a garbhagriha, an antarala, an ardhamanadapa, a pillared mahamandapa with an entrance porch or mukhamandapa in east-west orientation. The temple indented on plan also has a mukhamandapa to the south. The mahamandapa in the north has additional shrines for processional deities. The temple is built over a jagati. Its wall is treated with massive pilaster motifs with various deities of the Saiva faith. Over the garbhagriha is a brick and-lime vesara sikhara. The navaranga has six central pillars. The doorway of the navaranga shows Hoysala workmanship and on either side are dvarapalas about 2 m high. The temple has a spacious inner prakara with small shrines housing sculptures of the Ganga, Hoysala and Vijayanagara periods. The Vaidyesvara linga is held in high reverence. The tall gateway facing the main entrance has beautiful decorations.