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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Muthu Kumaran
  • Muthu Kumaran
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews

"A must see in Thanjavur" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • 5 Reviews

"Wonderful Heritage Temple" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month 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 3 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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  • 6 votes

Manikanta Tankala
  • Manikanta Tankala
  • Lives in Srikakulam
  • 2 Reviews

"Architecture marvel"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 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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