Brihadeeswara Temple

Constructed under the regime of Raja Raja Chola I in 1010 AD, Brihadeeswara Temple is situated in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is an example of architectural brilliance under the Raja Raja Chola I’s rule. The temple is a symmetrical and axial geometry rule layout following the expression of Tamil Chola power, artistic expertise and wealth. A consecrated bull or Nandi welcomes us at the entrance of the temple which is 13ft tall and 6ft in length, entirely carved out of a single stone. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and comes under the ‘Great Living Chola Temples’. It presents a priceless piece of architecture and culture during Chola Dynasty in India. It is one of the most significant Hindu temples built during that period. It is believed that after seeing Pallava Rajasimha Temples in Kanchipura, Emperor Raja Raja Chola had the dream of establishing such a huge temple for Lord Shiva. The inscriptions and frescoes on the walls of Brihadeeswara Temple record the rise and fall of the city’s fortunes.