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Brihadeeshwara Temple

Trichy High road, Thanjavur 613001, India
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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Thanjavur
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Bangalore, India
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This is a world famous big temple & is apt to its name. Its huge and takes a good enough of time before you realize that you have covered the entire temple; but the best part is you don't get tired of time or place. Its an example of indian historical architecture. The temple still looks natural as it was... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I was so excited with the prospect of visiting this temple and I was not disappointed at all. I visited in the morning and hired a tour guide to take us through the temple. It is an architecture master piece and intricacies were well explained by the guide. I could not stay back for the sun set view and surely... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This World Heritage Site was thronged with tourists while we were there, but that did not detract from the beauty of the buildings, een between 5 and 6pm, when the light and shade made for excellent photographic conditions. Although it is clained that the tower is capped by a single granite block weighing 80 tons, our official guide told us... More

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Gurgaon, India
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Absolute masterpiece of chola architecture. this temple was built around 12-13 century A.D by different rulers. Cholas started it and Marathas placed 108 shivlings inside the temples later on The natural color dyes used around 800 years back are still shinning over nandi temple roof. The temple is so vast that it is difficult to capture in single snap. This... More

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Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Seeing is believing. This place will fascinate historians and ancient architecture lovers. The enormous stone construction and beauty of this temple is simply unbelievable. You can spend days admiring each and every wall which has sculptures and intricate work that is simple a challenge even with modern machinery.

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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141 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I visited this temple twice per week during my study at Thanjavur (1994 to 1998). Recently visited this temple and maintenance by India archaeology department is absolutely fantastic. You can see the single stone Lord Siva Lingam and Nandhi. Main temple was built by Raja Raja Cholan and some other small temples including Amman temple were built by other kings.... More

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It was a massive temple and the name 'big temple' was not big enough for the way it was done. enjoyed being there.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Brahadeeswarar Temple is 1000 years old. It has one of the most beautiful architecture in the world.The main deity is Lord Shiva.This was built by Rajaraja Chola King.It is the main tourist attraction in Thanjavur.The temple tower is also very beautiful.It is a symbol of Chola style of Temples.

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Bangalore, India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

made by a historical Indian Chola dynasty ..this Shiva temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Looking at this one can feel proud of the historical indian architecture.. the paintings in the temple are amazing ...though they have been restored over a period of time the Mughals tried their level best to destroy the front part of the... More

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Huddersfield, England
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11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

First saw the temple at sunset which is a must. The setting sun turns the stone of the temple to lovely pinks. the atmosphere was fantastic with hundreds of pilgrims visiting at this time. We visited again the following day and spent about 3 hours as there is so much to see and people to watch. The rituals are amazing.

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