Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur
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Brihadeeswara Temple

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Brihadeeswara Temple
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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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Pooja Bhattiprolu
  • Pooja Bhattiprolu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 5 Reviews

"An awesome place to be in!"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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  • 2 votes

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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Iniyavan
  • Iniyavan
  • 6 Reviews

"Stunning architecture"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2014
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.
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Ramprasad iyer
  • Ramprasad iyer
  • 2 Reviews

"Mesmersing Brihadeeswara!!!"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2014
It was mesmerizing. I had missed something for so long being a native of Thanjavur.
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Krithika Chandrasekar
  • Krithika Chandrasekar
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 photos
  • 9 Reviews

"Feel blessed in every way"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2013
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 reflected in every nook and corner. Best time to visit is in the evening when the ground will be less hot to walk around. This place is a photographer's delight so be sure of carrying a good quality camera to capture the monument's nuances. And if you are looking for more, there is the awe-inspiring Siva Linga and the monolith Nandi. All in all, a visit to this temple stays in one's memory for years to come.
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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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