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Tanjore

Brihadeswara Temple, Tanjore TravelsAt Tanjore, the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India.

Thanjavur is also known for its educational facilities. There are two universities, one medical college, five engineering colleges, fourteen arts and science colleges and number of research centres in this city.

Places of Interest

Bragatheeswarar Temple

Rajaraja Cholan, the Great Chola king built The Bragatheeswarar (Peruvudaiyar) Temple, also known as Big Temple. "In the twenty-fifth year of Rajaraja Cholan (A.D 1009-10) on the 257th day of the year the king handed over the copper pot for the finial at the top of the Vimana". It weighed about 235 lbs., and was overlaid with gold plate of weight of 292.5 Kalanju or nearly 35 lbs.

Shivaganga Fort

The quadrangular Shivaganga Fort, Southwest of the old City, was built by the nayakaruler, Sevappa Nayaka, in the mid-16th century. Its battle mented stone walls, which enclose an area of 14 ha (35 acres) are surrounded by a partly rock cut moat. The Square Shivaganga Tank in the fort was excavated to provide drinking water for the City. The fort also contains The great Brihadishvara Temple, Schwartz Church, and public amusement park.

Royal Museum, Thanjavur ToursRoyal Museum

A remarkable collection of South Indian sculptures and paintings is housed in the old palace buildings at Thanjavur (Tanjore). Thanjavur has been an art centre of great importance throughout almost the entire history of Tamil Nadu. During the Chola period, two magnificent temples were built in this region, the Brihadeswara Temple and the Gangaikondacholapuram Temple ( 10th to 11th centuries). Today, the town is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture, stonework and paintings. The palace was originally built by the Nayak rulers of Tamil Nadu. It was this dynasty that added to and enlarged many of the temples, with ornate and often huge sculptures. The palace building, set within a large compound, also contains the Saraswati Library and the Sangeetha Sabha, or Music Hall.


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