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(Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu)
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"Ancient Temple"

This 1000-years-old temple is a living example of the Hindu architecture from the Chola dynasty period. It is one of the largest temples in India and is part of the "Great Living Chola Temples"-UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 66-meters high vimanam (Temple tower) is the tallest in the world. The temple is drenched in beautiful artwork and makes an excellent picturesque site.

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Brihadeeswarar Temple

Brihadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as RajaRajeswara Temple Rajarajeswaram and Peruvudayar Temple. It is one of the largest temples in India and is an example of Dravidian architecture during the Chola period. Built by Raja Raja Chola I and completed in 1010 CE, the temple turned 1000 years old . The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples", with the other two being the Brihadeeswarar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Airavatesvara temple.

The temple stands amidst fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century. The vimanam is 198 ft high and is one of the tallest in the world. The Kumbam weighs around 80 tons. There is a big statue of Nandi , carved out of a single rock measuring about 16 ft long and 13 ft high at the entrance. The entire temple structure is made out of granite, the nearest sources of which are about 60 km to the west of temple. The temple is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu.


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