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Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur
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Part of a World Heritage Site, Brihadeeshwara Temple boasts a 66 m (216 ft) tall structure dating back to the 10th century. The attraction holds the title as the world's tallest temple tower and features numerous murals, frescos, and statues, which add to the overall visual appeal of this elaborately decorated site. Consider visiting with a guide who can help you better understand the history of the temple and its works of art. Plan your Brihadeeshwara Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Thanjavur using our Thanjavur itinerary builder.
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  • Although we found ourselves amidst more white US/European tourists here today than at any other time/place in Tamil Nadu, it's undoubtedly worth the world heritage label this temple has been awarded. ...  more »
  • Wow !!! This was the most spectacular site that I have seen in India. I appreciated that it was not over run with tourists. It was like stepping back in time. The tour guide spoke excellent English + ...  more »
  • The Brihadeeswara temple is justly regarded as the most splendid of the 93 odd temples that the imperial Chola built during their reign. Dedicated to Shiva, this majestic and beautiful temple with it'...  more »
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  • One of biggest & ancient temple of Shiva in tamilnadu with big Shivalinga big gopurams biggest Nandi 2 nd biggest in india really amazing
  • The Amazing Brihadeeshwara Temple is 1003 years old. 100% Granite temple weighing approximately 13,00,00,000 KG. 216 feet tall, 81,220 KG Vimana (...top), 800 ft circumference . UNESCO included this amazing temple in World Heritage Site. Just imagine a millenium back, the technology Hindus had to lift a 81,220 KG single rock, to the top of a 216 feet temple. Build by Raja Choola.
  • If there are two temples that you should not miss in South India, one of them happens to be the Tanjore 'Periya Koil' or big temple. This temple is also on the UNESCO list of monuments. (The other temple is the Madurai Meenakshi temple) A huge structure, this is comparable to any of the best monuments in the world and is exceedingly majestic and delicate at the same time. The huge Shiva linga and the huge Nandi are amazing examples of ancient architecture. If you have time, visit the Tanjore temple after you visit the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple, where there is a relatively smaller replica of this temple. Ideally, explore the temple over a full day and if you can hire a knowledgeably guide, the experience will be superb.
  • A place where you can sit in the shade of mango tree and feel the calmness in the nature with the blessings of lord shiva. The most beautiful temple in Tamil Nadu which was build by chola emperor Raja Raja. It's creation of Dravidian architect. If you visit Tamil Nadu then must go for lord shiva blessing in this temple.....
  • Epic place which might wonder you about chola's artistic thoughts Bsnl wifi is serving good. Snacks and Prasadams are good.