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Talagunda is am historical village located in Shikaripura taluk of Shimoga district.
Numerous inscriptions found at Talagunda has provided insights into the emerge of the Kadamba Dynasty.
Talagunda was formerly known as Sthanagundur also it was an Agrahara (a center of spiritual learning). This can be the first recognized Agrahara found in Karnataka state. An inscription discovered at Talagunda shows that thirty two Brahmins had been relocated from the location called Ahichchatra to Sthanagundur by Mukanna (or Trinetra), thus building an Agrahara. Mukanna was an ancestor of Mayurasharma, the founder of Kadamba Dynasty.
Teaching was imparted at Talagunda for eight centuries and the subjects that had been trained included vedas, vedanta, grammar as well as philosophy. The Kannada language was educated at primary stage plus clothing as well as food was supplied for the students as well as instructors.
The Pranseshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is prime attraction of Talagunda.
Next to Pranseshwara temple one can observe a stone slab containing inscriptions. There is a pillar located in front of the stone slab. This pillar also has inscriptions in Sanskrit language. The inscriptions were written in the mid 5th century CE during the reign of Santivarma (the great-grandson of Mayurasharma). The author of this inscription was Kubja, the court-poet of Santivarma.
Talagunda is a must visit place in Shikaripura taluk.
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