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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur April 2nd 2020

Brihadeeswarar temple – also known as “Dakshina Meru” (Meru of the South) was built between 1003 and 1010 AD by the king Raja Raja Chola I. Brihat means “big, great” and Eswara means “Lord, Shiva, Supreme” – thus the name “Great Lord Shiva”. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built in Dravidian architecture and is located on the South bank of river Cauvery in Tanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. The main Vimana tower above the sanctum is made of granite and is one of tallest in South India. The temple also has one of the largest Shiva lingas in India. Over the last 1000 years the temple has had several additions, destruction by the invading Mughals, renovations and repairs. The shrines of Goddess Parvati, Lord Murugan and Nandi are from the 16th century. The temple complex ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur December 29th 2019

24th Dec 2019 I am staying at Tanjore. I started to Kumbakonam at 8.30 am . Reached Kumbakonam at 9.45 am. After 10 minutes got the bus to Tirunageswaram . Prayed at Naganthar temple for Rahu. The main Diety is Siva Tirunageswaram Naganathar Temple (Rahu) Tirunageswaram Naganathar Temple also known as Rahu Stalam is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in Tirunageswaram, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam, a town in Tamil Nadu, India. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as one of the temples associated with the nine planet elements, the Navagraha Stalas, and specifically Rahu. Shiva is worshiped as Naganathar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Piraisoodi Amman. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur December 25th 2019

25th Dec 2019 I have made the most foolish travel plan today and lost the entire day. I could have seen more temples in Kumbakonam if I had planned properly The place I visited today Thingalore is 13 km from Tanjore. I thought it is nearer to Kumbakonam. Traveled to Kumbakonam spending 1 & 1/4 hour in bus then again 1 hour to Thingalore ie Totally spent around 2 & 1/4 + hours, which I could have reached in 30 Minutes from Tanjore. Took an auto to the Temple from Tingalur bust stop. 3 Km to one side paid Rs 100 for to &fro trip with 15 minutes waiting Kailasanathar Temple, Thingalur (NAVAGRAHA: Chandiranaar) The Chandiranaar Temple (also called Kailasanathar temple or Thingalur temple) is a Hindu temple in the village of Thingalur, 33 kilometers (21 ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur December 24th 2019

20th Dec 2019 I reached Tanjore on 19th Dec 2019 by 10.30 pm Started to Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur around 8 am from the place I stay Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur Brihadishvara Temple, also called Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyār Kōvil, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in South bank of Kaveri river in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the largest South Indian temples and an exemplary example of a fully realized Dravidian architecture. It is called as Dhakshina Meru (Meru of the south). Built by Tamil king Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD, the temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples", along with the Chola dynasty era Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple and Airavatesvara temple that are about 70 kilometers and 40 kilometers ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur December 24th 2019

21st Dec 2019 I am staying at Tanjore. You can not get a direct bus to Gangai Konda Cholapuram bus from Tanjore directly. Need to go to Kumbakonam first Boarded the bus to Kumbakonam at 7.50 am paid Rs 30. Reached Kumbakonam by 9 am. From Kumbakonam boarded the bus to Jayakundam bus at 9.15 am paid rs 22, reached Jayakundam at 10.15 am. Got the bus to Anakal BY 10.20 am which goes via Gangaikonda Cholapuram . Reached Gangaikonda Cholapuramby 10.50 am Gangaikonda Cholapuram Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a Village located near to Jayankondam, Tamil Nadu, India. It became the capital of the Chola dynasty in AD 1025 during the reign of Rajendra Chola I, and served as the Chola capital for around 250 years. The town is about approximately 125 kilometers northeast of Tiruchirapalli international ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur December 24th 2019

22nd Dec 2019 I am staying at Tanjore. Took a bus from Old bus stand Tanjore and reached Kumbakonam in 1 hour and 15 minutes. I took an auto and paid a minimum charge of Rs 50 and reached Nageswarar temple which is 2 to 3 km from the Kumbakonam bus stand. Temples of Kumbakonam ( Nageswarar Temple Nageswaran temple otherwise known as "Koothandavar kovil".Chola dynasty constructed this temple during 12th century. This temple stands as a great marvel of Chola's architecture, building technology. The design and orientation are structured in such a way that it allows the sun rays inside the temple only during the month of Chithirai. The Karuvarai of Nageswaran temple has similarities with that of the Sarangapani temple, as it is made in the form of a chariot. The temple consists of ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur December 23rd 2019

19th Dec 2019 Please see all the 59 Photos of this Blog I commenced my journey from Thiruvarur around 9 am. Got down at Mannakal on the Kumbakonam route after 9.30 am. I wanted to visit Sri Vanchiyam temple. There are hardly any buses from here to Vanchiyam temple. Engaged an auto guy for a to and From a trip of 7 KM with 45 minutes waiting. I paid him Rs 250 Srivanchiyam Vanchinathaswamy Temple, Srivanchiyam Srivanchiyam is a village located in Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu, and is best known for its Sri Vanchinadha Swamy temple. The central deity of the temple is the Lord Vanchinadar, a form of Lord Shiva, and his consort is Mangalanayaki. The temple is over 1100 years old and was built by the kind Rajendra Chola in the year AD 850. ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur December 19th 2016

We picked up a car and a driver for the next 4 days to explore some the remanants of the Chola Dynasty. Established around 300AD it grew to rule vast tracks of Southern India and parts of countries around the Bay of Bengal ( Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand) plus established trade routes with China and Iran reaching its peak around 1300AD. The remanants of its capital are now just a few temples in rural areas of Tamil Nadu. As you see from these photos it must have been a huge place in its day. The scale of these temples is hard to show. The towers on the two largest are around 50 metres high.... read more
Intricate detail
The small temple
Cute statues at hotel

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur February 19th 2015

When kings set out to impress, they usually do it well. Rajaraja Chola I was no exception. Instead of having the highest cathedral with the best vaulting, he opted for a massive temple in his capital Thanjavur, to celebrate his conquests in south India and the consolidation of his reign. Completed in 1010 it vies with and probably beats most of the great churches in Europe, certainly at that early date. Mr Hussain tells us it will take two hours to visit. We are sceptical, no temple having taken us that long. When we cannot find a guide, we are sure we will be round within the hour. But as ever, he is right. The main Shiva shrine sits under a 200ft high vimana covered in carvings, and is the middle of a huge courtyard surrounded ... read more
Brihadishwara temple, vimana over the Shiva shrine
Exiting the shrine
Tanjore palace, Maratha durbar hall

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Thanjavur January 12th 2013

I'm writing this entry as the sun slowly sets over Thanjavur on our last night in India. The locals are all engaged in a frantic rush of activity in anticipation for the upcoming three day harvest festival known as Pongol. People are stocking up on vast swathes of sugar cane and rice, paints are being bought to decorate one's doorstep and cows are being washed down and having their horns painted in all sorts of vibrant colours. Having been on the move and engaging in various activities pretty well non-stop up until now, we were all quite looking forward to the opportunity of doing very little and recharging the proverbial batteries. Thus, we slowly made our way south from Cochi to spend a couple of relaxing days cruising the backwater canals of Kerala and doing exactly ... read more
Barges on the backwaters
The familymooners on the boat
Details on the gopuram

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