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Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple  

Brihadeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Peruvudaiyar Kovil, Periya Kovil, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram.
Thanjavur Brihadeeswara Temple
Peruvudaiyaar Kovil
It is one of the largest temples in India and is an example of Dravidian architecture during the Chola period. Built by emperor Raja Raja Chola I and completed in 1010 AD, the temple turned 1000 years old in 2010. 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 in Darasuram.
Thanjavur Periya Koyil
Best Dravidian Architecture Temple
Tanjai Pillar Carvings
Tanjore Big Temple Facts :
Ø  The original name of the deity of the Thanjavur Big temple was Rajarajeshwar. It was the Marathas who gave it the name Brihadeeshwara or the Great Eshwar.
Ø  Main Gopuram Shadow does not fall on the ground at noon.
Ø  A 107 paragraph long inscription on the walls of the Vimanam records the contributions of Raja Raja Chola and his sister Kundavai to the Thanjavur temple.
Ø  The towering vimanam is about 200 feet in height and is referred to as Dakshina Meru. The octogonal Shikharam rests on a single block of granite weighing 81 tons.
Ø  The big statue of Nandhi (sacred bull), measuring about 25 tonnes, 16 feet long and 13 feet high is present at the entrance and it is made up of a single rock.
Ø  The Brihadisvara temple at Tanjavur marks the greatest achievement of the Chola architects. Known in the inscriptions as Dakshina Meru, the construction of this temple was inaugurated by the Chola King, Rajaraja I . 
Thanjavur - Sri Brihadeeswara Temple
தஞ்சாவூர் - பிரகதீஸ்வரர் திருக்கோவில்
Main Deity
Lord Shiva
Sri Bragatheeswarar, Peruvudaiyar
Goddess Name
Thanjavur (Tanjore, Rajarajesvaram )
Built by
Rajaraja Chola - I (985 A.D - 1012 A.D)
UNESCO’s world heritage site in India,
Famous for Tanjore painting
1000 years old
Travel Base
Raja Raja Chola Period Inscriptions
Tanjai Brihadeeswarar Temple
How To Reach :  Transport facility (Bus/Train) available from all major towns in Tamil Nadu.
Address : Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple,
Thanjavur Big Temple - தஞ்சை பெரிய கோவில்
Membalam Rd, Balaganapathy Nagar,
Thanjavur , Tamil Nadu.

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