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Brihadeeswarar Temple

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Brihadeeswarar Temple

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This journey is dedicated to the Kingdom of Architectural Marvels. Spirituality is the key element here, that resulted in the thousands of Hindu temples formation in Tamil Nadu. Concurrently, all these temples are equally marvellous in Engineering. A special mention to Chettinad , the cuisine of Chettinad is uses a variety of freshly ground spices including cumin, fenugreek, fennel, clove, bay leaf, turmeric and tamarind. The cuisine is well known for the complexity of flavours. Also noteworthy are the heritage mansions of chettinadu which still draw a lot of tourists
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RISHIA wrote a review Dec 2020
9 contributions19 helpful votes
in January I visit the temple and it was full of history I was a bit sad that we couldn't see the huge lingam and the Nataraja but it was a good nice atmosphere.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Thecatsmum4 wrote a review Mar 2020
Kettering, United Kingdom1950 contributions214 helpful votes
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Chola Temple dedicated to Shiva, this is a large complex. Not a colourful as Trichy, but very busy on the day we visited. Unfortunately at the time of our visit there was a lot of scaffolding up and the big bronze bull was covered int he run up to forthcoming celebrations. that said there are some fine examples of carvings to be seen within the complex. But overall I wasn't that overawed by it all, we saw better during our stay in India.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kalangiyam wrote a review Feb 2020
Thanjavur, India5 contributions6 helpful votes
THe holy temple had kumbabishegam on 5th Feb. It was holy experience to see the holy water pouredn on the kumbam which is on the top of tallest gopuram. the arrangements was excellent and i can enjoy the holy expericence peacefully.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Viv74 wrote a review Jan 2020
Bengaluru, India73 contributions9 helpful votes
We went with a good guide who told us the story of the Chola Dynasty before we reached the temple, and how it was amongst the longest dynasties in the world (1500 years of reign), and in its time achieved some amazing things in the art, social and scientific field. This temple is an apt amalgam of all three. A syncretic fusion of shaivite and vaishnavite dieties, along with spiritual messages as well as common social scenes being depicted on its beautifully carved walls. The vimana stands tall (amongst the tallest in the world), and on top of it lies a single rock weighing 80 tons that was taken to the top using a 6 km ramp and pulled by elephants. Truly a wonder of the world. It also shows advanced (for its time) concepts like standing water birth as a safe and less painful way for childbirth. Trade links with Europeans and East Asians shown on its walls too.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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East Indian Cowboy wrote a review Dec 2019
Santa Clara, California56 contributions55 helpful votes
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India The Peruvudaiyar Kovil, also known as Brihadeeswara Temple, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram, at Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and an art of the work achieved by Cholas in Tamil architecture. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples". This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. The temple stands amidst fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century. The vimana or (temple tower) is 216 ft (66 m) high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kumbam (Kalasha or Chikharam) of the temple is carved out of a single stone as widely believed. There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high. The entire temple structure is made out of granite, the nearest sources of which are close to Tiruchchirapalli, about 60 km to the west of Thanjavur, where the temple is. Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola I in Thanjavur, Brihadeeswarar Temple, also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple', turned 1000 years old in 2010.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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