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The Big temple as it is popularly called. Everything in this temple is big, in fact the biggest – the entrance, the area around the temple, the Nandhi, the Shiva Lingam, the vimanam or the tower. The tower of this temple standing at 216 feet is the biggest granite tower in the world with thirteen floors! Periya Kovil (Big temple) or Brihadeeswarar Temple is situated in Tanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This temple is also known as Peruvudaiyar Kovil (Kovil is the Tamil word for temple). This is believed to be the world’s first fully granite temple. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site.

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