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“As great as its name”

Brihadeeshwara Temple
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Owner description: Brihadishvara Temple, also called Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

South indian temples deserve to b better known and more widely understood than they are. I usually don't like active temple,but this great temple at tanjore was my exception.the temple was named as rajarajewsaram after the name of the king rajaraj.its in rectangular shape with flag staff which stands in front of it. Many of the motifs on the gopuras are drawn from vaishnavite legends, there are some scenes from buddha's life as well.my superb genius guide who happened to be the president of tamil nadu guide; k.raj, pointed out all the main figures on the wall,such as laxmi with her lotus, four god like faces, dvrapalaka at the main gopura,and nataraja. Very interesting panel is the marriage of scene of sundara. My guide told me once in a year they usually held the performing art like dance in the temple.couple years ago a thousand girls were perfoming local dances in front of the temple. Thing that shud u think abt to see when u visit this temple. One has to enjoy the beauty of this masterpiece of chola period. Neither words nor photographs reveal the architectural,sculptural beauty of it.I'm lucky to ve visitted them as my closure of all my unesco heritage trips in india

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This temple is in Thanjavur city proper in Tamil Nadu. It reflects the awesome skills of the Cholas in terms of architectural,sculptural and engineering excellence. This was built during the regime of Raja Raja Chola1 and took seven years to complete(1003-1010 CE). The temple was originally called as the Peruvudaiyarkovil or the Rajarajesvarar temple. Later during the Nayak regime when sanskrit became popular, the name changed to Brihadeeswara Temple. More popularly now, it is simply called the Big Temple of Thanjavur.
The temple tower which houses the Shiva lingam is 66m high and the bulbous portion in the apex portion of the tower is made of a single stone weighing about 80 tonnes. The complete structure is granite which were brought from quarries near Trichy about 50 kms from Thanjavur.
The architecture and sculpture quality has to be seen to be believed. The fact that it was built about 1000 years back when modern technological tools were not available and yet to come up with a marvel of a structure is truely awesome.
No wonder this is part of the UNESCO World heritage site depicting the creative achievements of the Chola dynasty. There are two other Chola temples which come under the UNESCO heritage site. They are the Gangaikondacholapuram temple during the period of Rajendra chola1 and the Darasuram temple constructed by Rajaraja chola II .

This temple was further upgraded and renovated after the defeat of the Cholas by Nayaks and Marattas. Infact the 13 ft high Nandi in the temple complex was built during the Nayak regime.

A must visit for people who are passionate about the south indian architecture. A great experience and witnessed with awe the sculptural marvel..
Thanjavur is well connected by road, train and air. The nearest airport is Thiruchirapally about 60 kms from Thanjavur.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Indeed a treat to watch. Has a very nice compound where you can spend some time. The museum gives lot of useful information

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is the tallest structure in the ancient India and a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is definitely a must visit place for all the tourists who visit India. Amazing architecture, very good ambiance, nice mural paintings all adds up the beauty of the temple.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Awesome, Marvellous,Fantastic are some of the words which come to the mind the moment when one steps in the temple premises. Gigantic Nandi welcomes one and all. Great Monument built by Raja Raja Colan. What is so aweinspiring is the fact that the temple was constructed at a time, when there were no technical advancements and engineering techniques were unknown. One just keeps marvelling at the artistry and Sculptery in Temple. Must Must Visit it atleast once in Lifetime. A nice place to learn the history and for seeking knowledge about Chola dynasty

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