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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Cholapuram, Thanjavur, India
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Ranked #2 of 46 Attractions in Thanjavur
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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muscat
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Gangaikonda Cholapuram (Tamil: கங்கைகொண்ட சோழபுரம்) was erected as the capital of the Cholas by Rajendra Chola I, the son and successor of Rajaraja Chola.
Its one of the beautiful place with landscaping same like thanjavur temple

Visited January 2014
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Draper, Utah
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“Worthwhile as a historical landmark.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Commissioned by King Rajaraja Chola’s son Rajendra Chola, this temple complex is most of what is left of the capitol city of the Chola empire. Although some of the images are beautifully executed, the craftsmanship is quite uneven and overall the temple lacks the grace and power of its inspiration – the Brihadiswara Temple in Thanjuvar.

Visited November 2013
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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“A wonder of the world...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This temple is believed to be built by Chola king around 1000AD.

It still stands tall and majestic in spite of time & years gone by and various ruler invastion in the last 1000 odd years. Further, its still in its prestine form. The sculture & architecture is very impressive, considering that this temple is built at a time, when one does not have any information about the machinery used to build the such a massive structure.

Considering that its build around 1000 AD, I believe there may not be any structure as old and still as impressive with its art work & construction.

Worth a visit!

Visited December 2013
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Pollachi, India
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“Awesome place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

If you are visiting kumbakonam it around 30-40 minutes drive, the road to this place is very good, its quite an awesome structure and less crowded,

Do not miss to visit this place

Visited February 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

The temple of Gangaikondacholisvara is approached through the eastern entrance from the road. The entrance is called the "Mahaduvar" leads to the inner court.

As one steps in, the great Vimana arrests the visitor's sight. The Vimana with its recessed corners and upward movement presents a striking contrast to the straight-sided pyramidal tower of Thanjavur but with octagon shape of Dravidian architecture. As it rises to a height of 182 feet (55 m) and is shorter than the Thanjavur tower with larger plinth, it is often described as the feminine counterpart of the Thanjavur temple.

The Vimana is flanked on either side by small temples; the one in the north now housing the Goddess is fairly well preserved. The small shrine of Chandikesvara is near the steps in the north. In the north-east are a shire housing Durga, a well called lion-well (simhakeni) with a lion figure guarding its steps and a late mandapa housing the office. Nandi is in the east facing the main shrine. In the same direction is the ruined gopura, the entrance tower.

Visited December 2013
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