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Shiva temple of Darasuramis

Darasuram, Thanjavur, India
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Ranked #3 of 48 Attractions in Thanjavur
Type: Religious Sites
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- Sep 2, 2014
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Thanjavur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Quite contrast to the Big Temple of Thanjavur, Iravatheeswarar temple in its microscopic sculptures at Darasuram was constructed by Rajaraja Cholan II, The entire construction is such that to appear in the midst of a huge lotus flower and the rain water will be collected around the sanctum sanctorum. Huge akal villakku in granite are found the around the corridor.... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Thanks to recognition by Unesco, Darasuram is rightly getting the attention it deserves. The USP of this site may not be the grandness of Brihadeeshwara temple, but a large set of stone art of different sizes. Dance as form of art is celebrated in this temple as multiple stone depictions of dancers adorn each pillar in the mandapa. The Chariot... More

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Jaipur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

As I had rightly read about Airavatesvara, while it is the smallest in size as compared to the Brihadeeswarar temple in Tanjore and the temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram however the intricacy of carvings and the temple design are even better as compared to the other two temples. If you are going in summers make sure that you carry your socks... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This temple is a fascinating visit and there is loads to see. The carvings are wonderful with plenty of detail. If you can, go early in the day as you have to remove your shoes and the ground gets very hot. Hessian mats that are laid out are not very comfortable to walk on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Darasuram is famous for the sculptures that are essentially poetry on stone. From miniature musical pillars to social scenes to religious effusions, this temple is almost a living museum of what the life could have been during the glorious rule of the Cholas. The sculptures showing multiple dancers with interleaving poses are exceptionally beautiful. The Archaeological Survey of India maintains... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We visited Dharasuram Temple in Thanjavoor during the month of August 2012.The temple has some of the best scultures in Thanjavoor. Most of the sculptures are in an outstanding condition and we were told that there are excavation activities undertaken by the archaeological department even now around the temple area. In many ways the sculptures here are superior in quality... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

It is actually DarasuramThe architecture is superb. Take time to wander around. Beautiful premises. Clean. Quiet. Do not see the bustle that you see in the more sacred temples, so the experience much nicer for a tourist.

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Thanjavur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

UNESCO is being added with one more feather in its cap by including this sort of architectural, sculptural marvel of the great Cholar Dynasty who ruled Tamil Chola desam some thousand years ago.

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Ooty, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

When i visited Thanjavur with family i heard about Darasuram Siva temple. its really made my visit meaning full. one of the major cultural contribution to tamil nadu by the chola kings

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Shouldn't be missed! If you're touring Tamil Nadu, it's probably because you're interested in temples, and this one is lovely.

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