Talakaveri Temple of Shiva Virajpet-Talakaveri Road, Talakaveri, Madikeri-571218

It is one of the famous temple in Karnataka.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Talakaveri Temple

According to the mythology, during the marriage of the Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi in the Mount Kailash, the earth became unbalanced as north got sinking. Hence,Lord  Shiva ordered Sage Agasthya to go to the South specifically to the Vindhya Mountains,  to counter-balance the tilt in the North. Sage Agasthya was very reluctant to go to the South, he  also wanted to witness the celestial marriage and as an excuse he remonstrated that without a holy tirtha for doing his sankalpas and  holy rituals he would not budge from Mount Kailash. So,Lord Shiva packed the ever flowing Cauvery in the Kamandal (A Container to keep sacred Water)  of the Sage Agasthya and sent him to the south. Lord Indra was cursed to hide in between the strand of a fiber in a Lotus stalk. He had to perform a penance to Lord Shiva to regain his lost glory for which he needed a holy thirtha. Indira was advised by Sage Narada, to pray to Lord Ganesha to bring a holy river to where he was hiding and the nearest happened to be the Kamandal of Sage Agasthya where in Cauvery was confined.  Lord Ganesha took the form of a crow and perched himself on the Kamandal of Sage Agasthya while he was meditating.

When Sage Agasthya realised this, he sooed away the crow.But the Divine Crow tipped the kamandal and toppled it. The crow disappeared and in its place stood a small boy. Sage Agasthya thought that the boy was playing some prank and clenching both his fists, went to pound the head of the small boy. But the boy escaped and Agasthya gave chase. Finally the boy vanished and Lord Ganesha showed Himself to Sage Agasthya.

Sage Agasthya was aghast at the realisation that he had just tried to knock the head of Ganesha Himself. As atonement, he knocked his own head with both of his clenched fists.This became the “Pillaiyaar Kuttu” which is an integral part of  Vigna Vinayaka worship.

The temple at Talakaveri has the Shiva Linga installed by Sage Agasthya.  It is dedicated to Lord  Agastheeswara considered to be a link between Sage Agasthya and the River Cauvery. 


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