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Brihadeeshwara Temple

Trichy High road, Thanjavur 613001, India
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Ranked #1 of 48 attractions in Thanjavur
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Chennai (Madras), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Made it a point to visit Brihadeeshwara temple early in the morning. Turned out to be a good decision with great weather to go with this glorious site. The main gopuram is majestic and has a inexplainable aura surrounding it. After taking a few pictures, i just sat at a distance gazing at it. So many breathtaking views for the... More

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Chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Main shrine Lord Shiva is the highlight of the temple. Excellent display of ancient tamilian architectural skill,Peace giving location. We can even look at the grami script that are engraved in the pillars of the temple.

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Gurgaon, India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Much has been written about this temple - and all I can add is that it does not disappoint. It is grand in size and proportion, exquisite in execution and serene in its atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Being a UNESCO World Heritage site, this temple was on our ticklist of places to visit, and it definitely did not disappoint. The grandeur of the architecture was amazing. I'd highly recommend getting a guide for the temple as it really brings the sculpture and history to life. One thing to be aware of with the guides however, is that... More

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Been to india several times and after awhile one can become templed out but we were very fortunate to have an excellent government guide who brought the temple alive. Fascinating temple and history. We would highly recommend a visit.

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Bangalore, India
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45 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

So many have sung paeans to the magnificence and beauty of Raja Raja Chola's vision yet it's spendour and majesty defies words. The sheer size of stunning as there is almost no comparison, at least in India. The temple tower (Vimanam) brings to the mind the pyramids. It's that tall (216 metres). This temple is in the middle of Thanjavur... More

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Erode, Tamilnadu India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Brihadeeswara temple was built more than 1000, yes 1000, years ago by a Chola king Raja raja Chola. It is regal in appearance. It is very well preserved and the Archaeological survey of India , which maintains the temple must be credited for restoring its glory. The Subramanya temple within the perimeters of the Big temple is pretty. One... More

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Mysore, India
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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