The Great Living Chola Temples were built by kings of the Chola Empire, which stretched over all of south India and the neighbouring islands. The site includes three great 11th- and 12th-century Temples: the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. The Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram, built by Rajendra I, was completed in 1035. Its 53-m vimana (sanctum tower) has recessed corners and a graceful upward curving movement, contrasting with the straight and severe tower at Thanjavur. The Airavatesvara temple complex, built by Rajaraja II, at Darasuram features a 24-m vimana and a stone image of Shiva. The temples testify to the brilliant achievements of the Chola in architecture, sculpture, painting and bronze casting.
Why should you visit?
- The three Chola temples of Southern India represent an outstanding creative achievement in the architectural conception of the pure form of the dravida type of temple.
- The Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur became the first great example of the Chola temples, followed by a development of which the other two properties also bear witness.
- The three Great Chola Temples are an exceptional and the most outstanding testimony to the development of the architecture of the Chola Empire and the Tamil civilisation in Southern India.
- The Great Chola temples at Thanjavur, at Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram are outstanding examples of the architecture and the representation of the Chola ideology.
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- Early mornings darshan of the large shivlinga in the temple, set aside a few moments to reflect in some corner of the temple, the special colourful statue of Nataraj in one of the outer walls - ALKA KAUSHIK
- The paintings on the galleries - Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero
- Hotel bookings are very less in online. - Bala Subramanian P
- The Brihadeshwar Temple - Sanghamitra B. Jayant
- Sunset - Praveen Vijayan
- The sculptures over there paintings and tanjore dolls. - Madhan
- Thanjavur Art Gallery & Library that possess many old manuscripts and rare paintings of the Chola period. - Shashank Manu
- Wonderful Architecture of Temple - Senthil Durai Thangaperumal
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