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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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  • We visited the temple early in the morning and it was so beautiful, calm and serene. The architecture is awe inspiring. The darshan was peaceful too. No crowds at that time of the day.  more »
  • This great temple is perhaps the masterpiece of Chola art and the only reason to go to Thanjavur. The majestic gopuram, the tower above the temple, ended by a bulb of granite carved from a single piece of heavy stone eighty tons, which was brought up there (about 60 meters) thanks to a long ramp six kilometres. The countless sculptures decorating the same gopuram, the loggia surrounding the large courtyard, the entrance and colonnaded room are gorgeous, highly refined while makes an impression on Nandi, one of the largest in India, received under its own loggia in front of the temple. Very disappointing is the fact that the cell inside of the temple, where is the majestic Lingam (phallic symbol of Lord Shiva in all temples dedicated to him) is not open even though the site has been declared a world heritage site and somehow Museum. So remain totally inaccessible the precious frescoes from the 11th century or perhaps earlier, contemporary to the temple and recovered in a spectacular restoration operation accomplished some decades ago by the Indian authorities. Represent the stories of Shiva and Parvati and constitute a very important document of ancient Indian painting, so scant real trait d'union between Ajanta, the remains from the grotto of Sittanaval Jains, not far from Thanjavur, and the later stages of this art. But nothing, priests and authorities do not move and are inflexible. The Guide on the other hand will try to take you out to make you do some useless tourist photos. Disappointing that jaw-bitter because the frescoes on the ceiling of the loggia accessible instead of Nandi and in some parts of the perimeter porch are pretty Tatty and much later, in part anyway, 16th-18th centuries.
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  • This was one of the most beautiful temples we visited in South India. The temple is built from granite during the Chola empire. The colour of the stone is striking and the size of the temple is awe in...  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.