Big Temple of Thanjavur

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Temples of the medieval ages are served not only as worship places but also as receptacles of culture and main tourist attractions. They have allowed the artisans to perform work of art, some of which have stood up against the ravages of time.


The Capital city of mighty Chola Empire, South Indian Greenery, and the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu are few epithets of the terrific city of Thanjavur. The ruling headquarters of the Chola kingdom, Nayakars and the Marattha rules Thanjavur is renowned across the world for it’s rich heritage.

Between the 9th and 14th centuries AD., Thanjavur rose to fame during the Great Chola dynasty. It also prospered later during the regime of the Nayaks and Marattha rulers. For centuries, Thanjavur has been celebrated as Tamil Nadu’s treasure trove of art.

Thanjavur is one of the popular tourist spot for being the home of the Big temple, the grand Royal Palace, world famous Saraswathi Mahal, Art Gallery and also for its pretty hand-crafts like the Art Plate, bronze icons and sculptures, unique Tanjore art paintings, and the legendary musical instruments.

Big Temple

The large Temple premises by Chola regime created a sacred circle of 108 Saivaite temples in the Cauvery delta region of Tamil Nadu, South India. The most beautiful and stunning of these temples is the fabulous Big Temple of Thanjavur. This temple stood foremost in stature and was selected as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The 1000 years old, massive Big Temple or Thanjavur Temple identified by its lofty tower set over the sanctum Sanctorum. The enlightening stone carving of this temple is an especially high quality even while care for its sole and distinguishing features.

The Great Chola period during which this temple stands up was considered by a resurgence of Tamil Culture. The architecture of the temple is definitely stunning and the best amongst the many around the world.

Dravidian Architecture.

At Thanjavur, the Emperor Raja Raja Cholan established this great work of architecture, to praise his patron god Shiva. Construction of this Temple began in 1003 AD, seven years later; the temple was completed after fixing 81 tones single granite block on the top of the tower.

The imposing tower rises to a peak of 67 meters from the base and is divided into 13 stories. It is a perfect example of Dravidian architecture. This temple showcases the Dravidian architectural splendor and is a favorite tourist spot for many visitors visiting India.

The Big Temple is the place of the 12' high, 191/2' long, Stone Bull (Nandi) weighing nearly 25 tons. The stone Bull is a gem of the fascinating Chola construction. Stone bull has been sculpted from a single granite stone.

How To Get There

BY AIR: Trichy (TRZ) is the nearest International Airport, just 58km away from Thanjavur.

BY Road: Thanjavur is well connected with all major cities of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states.

By Rail: Thanjavur Junction is an important Railway Station in Tamil Nadu. For Rail Timings and Tariff, please contact Indian Railway.


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author avatar Trillionaire
19th Jun 2013 (#)

Sounds exciting.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks for this informative share, Sukkran - siva

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29th Jul 2013 (#)

I do love your pages Sukkran...thank you

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