Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur
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Brihadeeswara Temple

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    • 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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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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Venkat Venkat
  • Venkat Venkat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Magnificent temple" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Tourist guides are available. Some charge very high. If you go to the lowest, expect to get only mediocre service. Fees is required for foreigners. Chappals can be kept at free of charge place. Use of camera allowed but need to pay.
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Rahul R
  • Rahul R
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"Great feel when you visit" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Marvellous temple, great feel inside. Advising to visit during dawn time. Nice place to sit and relax in the open garden. All the lamps and structures will give a magical divine feeling.
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Balasubram Soundar
  • Balasubram Soundar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Big temple to visit" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Great temple to see, big nandi statue, big lingam and the big stone on the top of the temple roof the shadow of which will not fall on the ground. You can get the famous Tanjore puppets here.
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Vamsi Krishna
  • Vamsi Krishna
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome architecture and magnificent art work" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Superb temple and Shiva idol inside is awesome. Great history. Picturesque views. Great place for photography. Should be seen leisurely to enjoy the marvellous and magnificent art work of the structure.
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Harsha Kl
  • Harsha Kl
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Beautiful temple that has huge history"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The temple is magnificent as its name suggests. Built by Raja Raja Chola in 11th century, it still stands spectacular. 80 ton single stone Kalasha. Entire temple is constructed with stone-stone locking, no cement sort of material is used. Tallest temple in the world. (216 ft high and approximately 60 ft deep for foundation), 16 feet single rock Nandi.
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Manikanta Tankala
  • Manikanta Tankala
  • Lives in Srikakulam
  • 2 Reviews

"Architecture marvel"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is an amazing place to visit for those carve for something delightful to see on architecture or someone with vigorous religious beliefs. It is definitely worth the visit. You can simply come in and have a look around the temple and also visit the temple museum also.
Visit the temple early in the morning so you can attend some morning rituals and also it would be avoiding the hot sun.
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Sridhar Bhaskar
  • Sridhar Bhaskar
  • Soulseeker
  • 26 photos
  • 20 Reviews

"The Great Chola Temple"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
1100 Old temple built by RajaRaja Chola in now in UNESCO's most admirable monument in the World list. The Hindu Lord Shiva Temple attract visitors all over the Word.
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Ajith Manoharan
  • Ajith Manoharan
  • Lives in Tiruchirappalli
  • 2 Reviews

"Big Temple, good architecture"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2014
This is the one of the very best temple and it not about just a temple it is one of the most architectural marvel in the world. It shows the Tamil great architecture ability.
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Jayadev Doddala
  • Jayadev Doddala
  • 2 Reviews

"Good Spiritual place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2014
This is a very good spiritual place. The temple is under very good maintenance. The peace you get when you are there feels awesome. At the entrance there is an information rock which tells about the history of the temple. Give it a try, you will feel the difference.
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Paventhan b
  • Paventhan b
  • Lives in Thanjavur
  • 2 Reviews

"One of the calm Temple"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
A very good and calm place where we can feel the good vibrations. One of the most visited tourist place and unique place in Tanjore. We enjoyed a lot.
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