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Thanjavur Temple

Thanjavur Temple

Thanjavur, once known to be as Tanjore, is also a municipality, holds the headquarters of the Thanjavur District, lying in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the name of the temple has been derived from “Tanjan”, a legendary devil person in the Hindu mythology, who was destroyed by Lord Vishnu. Thanjavur mounted its grandeur during the later Chola reign during the 10 to 14 Century and established as a centre for knowledge and culture

Thanjavur district is also acknowledged as the Rice Bowl of the Indian state Tamil Nadu and is also known for its stunning handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments. Tanjore holds a number of important places that attract the visitors and tourists all across the year. It makes a perfect place for the art and architecture lovers. Here in, there are the remains of the significant works of Cholas revealing the ancient form of art and architecture.

There is another famous work of Thanjavur style of painting, which was developed by Serfoji, Maharaja of Thanjavur in the 19th century. There are other attractions such as Brihadeeswara temple, magnificent palace, art gallery and the Saraswati Mahal Library to witness in Thanjavur. Thanjavur temple, also known as the Brihadeshwara Temple is the central attraction of Tanjore. This gigantic temple was built by Raja of Chola, acts as a mirage of the Cholas contribution to the formation of arts in this area.

Chola dynastys finest contribution to the Dravidian temple architecture has been made to the Brihadeshwara Temple. The temple is also listed in the World Heritage site, for being the one of the most visited temple here.

The Brihadeshwara temple has a towering Vamana and stunted Gopurams. It was constructed from a single piece of granite of an estimated weight of 80 tones and the dome was dragged into place along a 4-km earthwork ramp in a manner similar to the Egyptian pyramids. A gigantic Nandi, which is about 6 m long and 3.7 m high, faces the inner sanctum. The statue of Nandi was produced out of a single rock piece weighing 25 tones. It is one of the largest statues of Nandi bulls in the entire country. The temple has a spacious ground with quite a lot of pillared halls, shrines and also has 250 lingams.

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