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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Sambath
  • Sambath
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful temple and attracts tourists" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Must see place, marvelous structure known for religious and architectural beauty attraction for many foreign and local tourists. You can carry cameras also.
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Rajan M
  • Rajan M
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Not to miss the great architecture" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We can not compare any other temple with this, must see one. What a great architecture, do not miss to visit better to see this on unseasoned time.
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Muthu Kumaran
  • Muthu Kumaran
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 2 Reviews

"A must see in Thanjavur"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good place to spend more than three hours. During the sunset the temple looks great. Wind flow was wonderful in the evening time. There is lot of space for children to play. Don't miss to take pictures of the temple which looks great in the photos.
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Navaneeth Lavisetty
  • Navaneeth Lavisetty
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Great architecture, never miss this place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Here the temple has biggest Shiva lingam, Dwarapalakas, Nandi, Parvathi Devi idol and Garbhalayam, hence the name Brihadeeshwara temple(Big Temple). The amazing sculpture and lush green gardens around the temple makes the day memorable. The 8000kg single stone tomb on the temple is the main one should know about it.
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Dr. lakshmi  G.
  • Dr. lakshmi G.
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 Reviews

"Wonderful Heritage Temple"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Excellent monument by 9th century Raja Raja Chola. But archaeological survey should take deep interest in maintaining well with enthusiastic guides and explain the tourist its importance and its beauty of 1000 years. It is not just Shiva temple for free entry and exit. It carries yester years history and the marvellous contribution of many many kings, maharajas, empires and sculptors. It should not become money making place. People have contributed and shed their heart and soul in those centuries.
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Sanjeev reddy
  • Sanjeev reddy
  • 7 Reviews

"Beautiful place"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The good looking temple and the people should visit this temple in India. This is one of the beautiful tourist place in India and the travellers must take a camera with them and must to snap the photos here.
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Venkat Venkat
  • Venkat Venkat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Magnificent temple"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  • 4 Reviews

"Big temple to visit"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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  • 8 votes

Vamsi Krishna
  • Vamsi Krishna
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome architecture and magnificent art work"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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