Monday, 20 August 2012

Brahadeewarar Temple Thanjavur Tamil Nadu

Bragadeeswarar Temple  at Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu,  Bragadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and a brilliant example of the major heights achieved by Cholas in Tamil architecture. It is a tribute and a reflection of the power of its patron Raja Raja Chola I. It remains India's largest temple and is one of the greatest glories of Indian architecture.Brahadeewarar Temple  temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples".This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites
Brahadeewarar Temple Thanjavur Tamil Nadu

The 64. 8 Mt. tall vimanam (tower over the sanctum sanctorum) is testimony to the engineering skill of the Cholas. In keeping with the size of the temple, it has gigantic “Mahalingam” in the shrine, measuring 4 meters in height. A monolithic Nandhi chiseled out of a single rock, measures 5. 94 meters in length, 2.51 metres in breadth and 3.66 meters in height. it is the second largest Nandhi in India. The Nandhi or bull is the vehicle of Lord Siva. Beautiful Chola fresco paintings adorn the inner walls of the Temple. One of the outstanding temples in South India, the Brahadeeshwarar temple is the  Chola dynast’s finest contribution to Dravidian temple architecture
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