Within India itself the cultural richness is so vast that the spoken language changes after every 200 kms. It had been influenced by most influential dynasties in the world and they all have left certain trademarks of their reign for us to cherish. Thanjavur in South India is a cultural center. Its music, dances, festivals and everything has got a special taste about it. On of the most visited places in Thanjavur by tourists from all over the world is Brihadeeswara Temple.
Brihadeeswara Temple in Tamil Nadu is an example of fantastic architecture and workmanship. It was built by Chola king Rajaraja I in Initial decades of 11th century. It was meant to symbolize the power of the king and was built to celebrate a military victory. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shivlinga that is enshrined in the temple is 12 feet of height and the Nandi that faces the Shiva Linga also is 12 feet high. The temple is constructed in a Dravadian style and on the rules of symmetrical geometry. The brilliance of temple is architecture and its cultural and social connection made its way to the list of world heritage places list of UNESCO.
There are certain very fantastic facts about the temple:
- The temple is constructed only by the special rock of granite. An approximate amount of 130,000 tonns of granite was used to build the temple.
- The highest structure of the temple “Kumbam” is made out of a single granite stone of 60 tons.
- Since the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, There are 250 Shiva lings in the temple and Lord Shiva is sculpted in 108 Different dance poses across the temple.
- The shadow of the temple never falls on the ground in noon and never passes the corridor.
- The huge tower above the sanctum is 216 feet tall.
- It was completed just in 7 years and till date the tallest temple in India.
- Because of its huge and grandeur appearance it is also called the Big Temple.
- The central vimana which has 16 levels going up to a height of 216 ft symbolizes Mount Meru.
Such brilliant is the presence of temple in the city that it has become the talking phrase about the city. It is the face of all tourist campaigns and attracts the most tourist across the world. The temple is well taken care by government and authorities which are adding to the life and beauty of this wonderful site.