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Brihadeeshwara Temple

Trichy High road, Thanjavur 613001, India
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Ranked #1 of 47 attractions in Thanjavur
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Mysore, India
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Its one of the oldest temples built by Rajaraja Chola. Its really huge and beautifully constructed temple, its almost completely built using only stones. The statue of god is so big and huge, you would enjoy and worth visiting this temple in all aspects, meaning architecture, designs, hugeness, big god (lingam), beauty.

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Greater Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

One whole day is not enough to see the whole Temple. Will be going again to look at every corner of the temple. The internal environment has been developed for people to enjoy the atmosphere.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I had visited this place twice.. I can separate it as before and after reading Ponniyin selvan.. Before reading, i was amazed about the science of the temple being built.. But after reading, I was so excited that i seriously got goosebumps thinking that i'm standing in a place where, 1000 yrs ago, the great Rajaraja was standing.. Words can't... More

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chidambaram
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

if you want to see the most beautiful and above thousand years old temple in the world ,definitely you should come to THANJAVUR, in TAMIL NADU,INDIA. THE RAJA RAJA CHOLAN built this temple more than 1000 years ago.it is worth seeing for its sculpture and art.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Even if not a history buff, as long as u appreciate it and respect the values or ideas of yore, this place will give you the goosebumps... Sincere advise is to enjoy and learn about the temple with the help of the Govt appointed guide who can translate the stones into language for u to appreciate the minds of men... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very very big lord shiva and nandhi. Very clean .This temple will come under UNESCO heritage. Excellent architecture

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The temple is one of the oldest and differently built than any other temples in South India. The structure, plotting, and placement of the deities / pillars / statues and status will make you curious to know more of it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Thanjavur 'Periya Kovil' (Big Temple), popularly known, was built by the great Tamil chola king, Raja Rajan I, and is a gradeur of architecture, at the same time, built by the rules of the ancient texts (Agamas). The temple is made of granite, the kumbam itself is carved on a single piece granite, and the shadow of the gopuram does... More

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Bangalore, India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

An architectural marvel. Must see in Tanjore. With a good guide, one can appreciate the temple better. Temple management should appoint trained and experienced guides.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Considering this temple is atleast 1000 years old (recorded), one cannot help but marvel at its architectural splendor. Plus this happens to be one of the few temples that the ASI has not messed with granite slabs, dumb painting, etc. Visit for sure when you travel to Tanjore.

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