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Riverside Shrines at Talakad and Somnathpur Eternal Kaveri: Historical Sites Along South India's Greatest River, edited by George Michell,

Title:Riverside Shrines at Talakad and Somnathpur Eternal Kaveri: Historical Sites Along South India's Greatest River, edited by George Michell,
Author:Kelleson, Collyer
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 51-1, p. 63-74
Abstract:Talakad and Somnathpur are riverside temple sites associated with the Ganga and Hoysala rulers of southern Karnataka who financed military campaigns as well as temple construction from the agricultural richness of the region. Talakad is the older and more historically important of the two sites. Somnathpur was founded in the second half of the 13th century as a brahmin settlement when Hoysala power was waning. Over 30 temples at Talakad are submerged in the huge sand dunes, though the Kirtinarayana temple was excavated in the 20th century. Also a significant Shaiva centre, Talakad houses the Paraleshvara, Maraleshvara, and Vaidyeshvara temples and the Panchalinga Darshana, a bathing festival, takes place here. Somnathpur is best known for the Keshava temple dedicated to Srivaishnava deities and the Panchalingeshvara temple.

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