Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur

Brihadeeswara Temple

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Brihadeeswara Temple
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5 Ratings & 4 Reviews

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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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4 traveller reviews for Brihadeeswara Temple

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Bhaskar k c
  • Bhaskar k c
  • 3 Reviews

"Big temple of Tanjore"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Visited the temple. Lush green lawn and well maintained. Traffic in front of the temple can be better regulated. Looks great during sunset and is less crowded. Need to experience in person. More
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  • Iniyavan
  • 5 Reviews

"Stunning architecture"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Visit once in your lifetime. It is one of the best temples in India. You can certainly have a good time there. You can see the high level of art and architecture of that period. It is stunning. More
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Ramprasad iyer
  • Ramprasad iyer
  • 2 Reviews

"Mesmersing Brihadeeswara!!!"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was mesmerizing. I had missed something for so long being a native of Thanjavur. More
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Krithika Chandrasekar
  • Krithika Chandrasekar
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 photos
  • 8 Reviews

"Feel blessed in every way"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
I am never tierd of visiting this temple each time I visit Tanjore. Also known as Periya Kovil, the temple is a must visit for anyone who loves Indian architecture. The temple and its premises have been restored with pride, and the grandeur is....... More
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About Brihadeeswara Temple

    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM

Brihadeshwar temple or the Big temple is the prime attraction of Thanjavur. Brihadeshwar temple was built in the early 11th century by Rajaraja Chola I. The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture in granite.

Brihadeshwar temple, known also as Rajarajesvaram, is one of the well preserved Heritage Sites in Tamil Nadu. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has a 2.7 m high Shivalinga, which is about 7 m in diameter. The construction which encloses sanctum sanctorum is known by the name 'Periya Kovil' or the ‘Big temple’.  The 70 m high ‘Vimana’ of the temple is built in such an architectural precision, that its shadow never falls outside itself.  The Shikharam, which weighs about81.25 tons, is carved out of a single stone.

Brihadeshwar temple also features a massive idol of Nandi (bull), the mount of Lord Shiva. This idol, which weighs about 25 tons, has a height of about 3.6 m, length of 5.94 m and a width of 5.56 m.  This idol is seated in ‘Nayak Mandapam’, which is decorated with intricate carvings. The ceiling of this mandapam is noted for its 1000 year old frescoes. Portraits of Sevappanayakan and his son Achyutappa Nayak (the early Nayak rulers) can also be seen on the front pillars of Nandi Mandapam.

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