Mallikarjuna Temple, Talakad, Karnataka

Mallikarjuna Temple, Talakad

Location: Located on the banks of River Cauvery, Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the ancient religious places of Mudukuthore, India.

Description: Mallikarjuna Temple is one amongst the significant five temples of the Pacha Pathi of Talakad. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shiv Lingam in the temple. There is a great legend behind the creation of this ancient shrine. According to Hindu epic, Mahabharata, Pandavas were five brothers and one of them stayed for a short time period on this hill. He carved the idol of Lord Shiva, a Shivling and offered Mallika Pushpa in the honor of the deity. Due to this reason, the shrine became popular among devotees as Mallikarjuna, as per the name of flower. One should worship in the temple and see how the offerings were made during the ancient period.

Activities: Pancha Linga Darshan is an auspicious Hindu occasion celebrated once in every twelve years. On this day the temple is decorated with flowers and plantain stalks and the same traditions and rituals are followed to observe the Pooja as during the ancient period. Another interesting fact is that the festival is held in the month of Karthika on a new moon night, when two stars, Khuha Yoga and Vishaka conjoin.

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