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(Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu)
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"Piece of Architectural Excellence"

For those who plans for a pilgrimage never miss this place. Temple can be easily located on a normal traffic. Spacious parking is there. Though the entry to the temple is free, for car parking they charge Rs.40. Well maintained lawn around the premises gives you a pleasant experience.

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Brihadeeswarar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Brihadeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Ariyalur district, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the largest temples in India and is an example of Dravidian architecture built by the Chola dynasty. It was built by Rajendra Chola I and completed in 1035 AD.

In modern times, the temple stands amidst dilapidated walls. The vimanam is 55 m high and modelled similar to the Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur. The temple is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu.

The temple is open from 6 am - 12:30 pm and 4:30 - 8:00 pm on all days. Four daily rituals and many yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Shivarathri during the Tamil month of Masi , Aipassi Pournami during Aipassi and Thiruvadirai during Margazhi being the most prominent. The temple is declared as a heritage monument and administered by the Archaeological Survey of India as a protected monument. The temple is declared a CE UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur and Airavatesvara temple at Darasuram that are referred as the Great Living Chola Temples.


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