This year the Panchalinga Darshan is being held in talkad.Talkad is situated about 30 miles from mysore on the banks of the river kaveri. This event which takes place once in 12 years is scheduled to take place on november 20th this year. The basis for selecting the day of celebration is rather complicated and based on the hindu calendar. Talkad which has vast stretches of sand has many temples. Many of these temples get buries in sand and dug out only on the occassion of Panchalinga darshan.The famous five temples Vaideshwara, Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arakeshwara, Mudukuthore Mallikarjuneshwara,gives the festival its name."Pancha"-meaning five and "linga" meaning shiva(god) together it means having the darshan of the five gods.
It is popular belief that bathing in the river kaveri which flows through Talkad during this period is very beneficial. Many diseases are said to be cured by bathing in the river.Howevr, it is difficult for me to comprehend, keeping in mind the level of pollution that has entered our river systems.If you plan to see the temples it would be a good idea to visit now, as the temples have been cleared of all sand.