Devotees will converge at the temple town of Talakad, partially submerged in sand dunes in T. Narsipura taluk, for the Panchalinga Darshana Mahotsava starting Thursday.

While the actual event is slated for Monday, the build up to it will commence on Thursday with a slew of religious and cultural events. Panchalinga darshana entails a visit to the five major Shiva temples located in the region on a single day and the deities that are worshipped include Sri Vaidyeshwara, Sri Maruleshwara, Sri Pathaleshwara, Sri Arakeshwara and Sri Mallikarjuneshwara.

Though pilgrims to T. Narsipur and Talakad visit the temples and get a darshan of the main deities regularly, there is special significance to the visit when the mahtosava takes place during a specific alignment of the stars as per the Hindu almanac once in a few years. The last panchalinga darshana was held in 2009. In all, about 19 temples in and around Talakad have been spruced up and minor repairs undertaken while de-silting of kalyani or water tanks have been taken up. The mahotsava will conclude on December 7.