Brihadeeswarar temple, Thanjavur
The Brihadishwara Temple also known as Rajarajeswaram, at Thanjavur.
Brihadishwara Temple, is the world's first complete granite temple and a brilliant example of the major heights achieved by Cholas in temple architecture.
It is a tribute and a reflection of the power of its patron RajaRaja Chola I. It remains as one of the greatest glories of Indian architecture.
This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. The temple stands amidst fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century.
There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high.
The entire temple structure is made out of hard granite stones, a material sparsely available currently in Thanjavur area where the temple is located.
The Brihadishwara Temple
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