Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur
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Brihadeeswara Temple

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    • 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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Harsha Kl
  • Harsha Kl
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Beautiful temple that has huge history" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 4 days 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" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • 23 photos
  • 13 Reviews

"The Great Chola Temple"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Rajesh R
  • Rajesh R
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 7 Reviews

"Worth spending time"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2014
Marvellous structure that reveals the ancient Indian architecture! Itís BIG temple and itís protected nicely so far. Really worth to spend half a day minimum there.
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Arjun Cibikrishna
  • Arjun Cibikrishna
  • 8 photos
  • 8 Reviews

"Heritage temple"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2014
Visited Periya kovil (big temple) many times and built by the Raja Raja Chola above 1000 years .Not only the temple is big, the sculptures outside as well as inside the temple, are unusually big. The Shivalinga size may be 16-18 feet high. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site as Great Living Chola Temples. Interesting fact that no shadow of the tomb falls on the ground. There is a big statue of Nandi, over 15-16 feet long and 12-13 feet high carved out of a single rock made me stunt. I strongly recommend to everyone to donít miss this temple and really 8th wonder.
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Pooja Bhattiprolu
  • Pooja Bhattiprolu
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 5 Reviews

"An awesome place to be in!"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted May 1, 2014
It's definitely worth the visit. The temple is majestic and the past of India is restored. The moment you enter the temple premises, you would feel a sense of calmness and peace. You will get mesmerised by the architectural grace. There were a series of classical dances going on which was very delightful to watch. The best time to visit the place would be during sunrise.
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Bhaskar k c
  • Bhaskar k c
  • 3 Reviews

"Big temple of Tanjore"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2014
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.
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