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The Brihadeeswarar temple is the crowning glory of Chola temple located at Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to Shiva and dates to the Chola Dynasty rule in the 11th century.The temple is part of the UNISCO World Heritage Site, not many in India, and is worth couple of visits as per the guide book, Lonely Planet. The temple is one of India's most prized rchitectural sites. It depicts the amazing and outstanding efforts of the ancient Indians. The building that carries the main sanctum is amidst fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century. Constructed from a single piece of granite weighing an estimated 80 tons, the dome was hauled into place along a 4 kilometre earth work, in a manner similar to Egyptian pyramids. The temple set in special grounds has several pillar halls and shrines and 250 Linga are enshrined
Inscriptionn records the names of dancers, musicians and poets. A huge Nandi 6m by 3m created from a single piece of rock, weighing 25 tons faces the inner sanctum. The temple gopuram is 13 story tower above the sanctum at 66 metre that reaches further into the sky. Its impressive gilded top is original. The sanctum contains a 4 metre high Lingum with a circumference of 7 metre.
The paintings on the walls covers Nataraja in108 Dance pose and are soft to the eye and of feeling that come alive despite aging.
The carvings on the walls are so grand that a visit to the place and a leisure walk around can only fulfil the quest.

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  • Copyright: Balwant Thanki (Balwant) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 3 N: 84] (588)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2007-10-29
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/7.1, 1/200 secondes
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-02-03 14:58
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