Visited the Temple on 17th Feb. Mesmerized by the beauty of the Shivalingam and the size of the Temple complex. Thanks to Archeological Survey of India, surroundings are well maintained. The first look at the Temple itself takes us back into history and reminds the magnanimity of mighty Cholas, and the humility they had towards Almighty God.
Made me wonder from where and how they gathered such huge rocks? The planning and execution behind it. I was told, they might have Planned the block sizes Assemled it row by row, created ramps by filling sand, worked from top and exposed it. Quite a challenging job.
Followed by the add ons done by The Nayakas and Sarfoji kings. I was told the entire temple was covered with gold and the invaders looted and destroyed it partly, later repaired by the Nayakas. We can make out Why Tanjavur is called Cradle of Indian Classical Art.
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