Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple
Thanjavur Peruvudaiyar Kovil also known as Brihadeeswara Temple and Raja Rajeswara Temple which was achieved by Rajaraja Chola I (985 -1012 AD) in Tamil architecture. This big Hindu temple dedicated to lord Siva.Tanjore temple architecture is one of India's most prized architectural and it is the part of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples".
Brihadeeswarar Temple - Architectural Marvels of India
The entire temple structure is made out of stone, the nearest sources of which are close to Pudukkottai, about 60 km to the west of Thanjavur. It is believed that about 130,000 tons of granite was used. How did they bring the about 130,000 tons of granite from 60 km? This is really amazing! Unimaginable!!
Dravidian architecture was a style of architecture that came into view 1000 of years ago in South India that is usually made from stone. These temples consists mostly of pyramid shaped gopurams, which are large towers over the entrances; a vimana, which is the tower over the sanctum (the Deities); and large pillared halls and corridors.
Kumbam which is the topmost structure of the temple is also carved out of a single granite stone, weighing about 60 tons. This temple can be approached from the eastern side through two gateways which are termed as “Gopuras”. There are two guardian statues beside the gateways made by the Shaiva legends. Hundreds of sculptures decorate the exterior of the temple, whereas inside the temple there is a huge idol of Lord Shiva with three eyes. 108 karmas have been sculpted on the inner walls performed by Lord Shiva. Once more extraordinary for this temple is shadow of the tower over the gateway of the temple never falls on the ground.
There is a Nandi (sacred bull) which is too big and at measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high. It is carved out of a single rock also this is the second biggest Nandi in the world
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