People are taking a break for sometime after walking around the Brihadeeshwara Temple.
About the temple
Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur: A 107 paragraph long inscription on the walls of the Vimanam records the contributions of Raja Raja Chola and his sister Kundavai to the Thanjavur temple. The temple stands within a fort, whose walls are later additions built in the 16th century. The towering vimanam is about 200 feet in height and is referred to as Dakshina Meru. The octogonal Shikharam rests on a single block of granite weighing 81 tons. It is believed that this block was carried up a specially built ramp built from a site 6 kilometeres away from here. Huge Nandis dot the corners of the Shikharam, and the Kalasam on top by itself is about 3.8 meteres in height. Hundreds of stucco figures bejewel the Vimanam, although it is possible that some of these may have been added on during the Maratha period. The Shivalingam - Peruvudaiyar, Rajarajeswaramudaiyar - is a huge one, set in a two storeyed sanctum, and the walls surrounding the sanctum delight visitors as a storehouse of murals and sculpture.
The long prakaram surrounds the great temple (500 feet/250 feet), and the walls surrounding the prakaram again go back to Raja Raja Cholan's period. The walls house long pillared corridors, which abound in murals, Shiva Lingams and Nandis. The Periya Nayaki temple within the temple is a later addition from the Pandya period, and so is the Subramanyar Temple sung later by the Saint poet Arunagirinathar.
Incidents from the lives of the Nayanmars, several of the 108 Bharata Natyam Dance postures, manifestations of Shiva (Aadalvallaan - Nataraja, Tripurantaka, Dakshinamurthi etc.) are depicted in sculptured panels or in exquisite Chola murals. Both the interior, and the exterior walls of the temple, are replete with images of the kind described above.
The sanctum, the ardhamandapam, the mukhamandapam and the Mahamandapam, although distinct, form a composite unit with an imposing appearance that awes visitors, forcing one to wonder how such timeless architectural feat was executed about a 1000 years ago. Entrances to the Mandapams and the towered entrances to the Prakarams are majestic. The grandeur of the architecture and the sculptural finesse speaks volumes of the skills of the Imperial Cholas.
Inscriptions refer to Shiva as Dakshina Meru Vitankar and Aadavallan. The Nandi, which dates back to the Nayak period, is housed in its own mandapam and it matches up to the grandeur and size of the temple. It is a monolithic Nandi weighing about 25 tonnes, and is about 12 feet high and 20 feet long.
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lousat (76964) 2011-11-18 2:36
Great choice of point of view to take this fantastic scenary in background,i like the lot of people and its colors,and the impressive architechture of the temple too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
wolf38 (31280) 2011-11-18 3:21
Hi lakshmi. A beautiful and lively scene. Temples, people, traditional clothing - here everything fits together perfectly. I like the Indian / Sri Lankan exoticism. And I admire the monuments, the culture and religion. My compliments also for the informative text. Overall, a good contribution to TE. Rgds, Wolfgang.
snunney (83839) 2011-11-18 3:47
I like this animated blend of daily life and ancient architecture. The upwards point of view captures the scene perfectly. The image has the benefit of very good colours and sharpness.
jacquest (18673) 2011-11-18 4:23
A candid daily life scene with an interesting and imposing architectural background. The people are very colorful against the beige color of the temple.
Have a nice day
jhm (139244) 2011-11-18 4:27
I see regular picture of oochappan with this type pictures.
This is technical a very good picture.
Sharpness and clarity are perfectly.
Good detailed image.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
bayno (18342) 2011-11-18 4:40
beautiful scene, with impressive temple in BG, lovely colors, at first I thought the picture was crooked, but looking closely I think it's beautiful architectural structure that is crooked, or maybe just the stairs, anyway great shot, have a nice WE my friend, Valter
Sergiom (60142) 2011-11-18 5:24
Une très belle image. Les vêtements très colorés des pèlerins sont magnifiques. La contre plongée donne beaucoup d'ampleur à ce magnifique bâtiment et les détails sont d'une très belle netteté.
josepmarin (57799) 2011-11-18 5:35
there is a lot of life and a great dynamism in this capture, in which you have caught the people resting during their visit to this impressive temple.
The colors of the dresses have a nice contrast with the tones of the stone of the temple, and the sculptural work in all its facades provides a strong graphism to the image.
A beautiful work, with a good light.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-18 5:43
Excellent scene with the vived color which arise very well in the warm color of the architectur. The scale full of life learn the glance and invite to discovery the place.
holmertz (41073) 2011-11-18 7:13
A well cropped picture with a nice POV. A colourful foreground with all those people and a sophisticated monochrome background. There is a good depth thanks to the converging diagonal lines of the stairway up to the dark entrance.
pajaran (52098) 2011-11-18 11:28
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa istorijom hrama ...
Dobar trenutak snimka ulaza u hram sa vernicima u narodnoj nosnji, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast kojim ste prikazali detalje na fasadi, lepe boje.
Imajte lep dan i vreme, kod nas je jutros bilo - 9 C stepeni, bas hladno.
Very interesting and good article with the history of the temple ...
A good time recording the entrance to the temple with the faithful in folk costumes, beautiful images.
Good Sharpness and contrast image that you view the details of the facade, beautiful colors.
Have a nice day and time with us this morning was - 9 ° C, just cold.
All the best.
patdeph (35748) 2011-11-18 12:03
the temple is splendid,and I like the colorful people in the stairs.Your low POV makes the place very impressive.Superb.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-11-18 12:27
a beautiful photo of this amazing architecture I like the composition and the full of life atmosphere the architectural details are fantastic, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
bukitgolfb301 (35982) 2011-11-18 15:53
Hi NAMASKAR my dear Lakshmi
Sorry for my late reply as so crazy-busy at concreat jungle weekday. But I still enjoy your garalley very much. This posting is another good postcard image.
Very good idea for low angle appraoch.
Reasonable framework and nice composition are very fine. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday,
Takero from cold and rainy Tokyo
ikeharel (57256) 2011-11-19 0:36
This is an amazing picture taken on the doorsteps of this temple, Lakshmi.
the magnificent archi., and the colorful number of people there, jointly made a wonderful image.
Have a nice weekend,
s_lush (16134) 2011-11-19 2:14
You have presented a very interesting and colorful daily-life scene captured against such a richly decorated walls of this old temple. An excellent composition, good moment of capturing, highly interesting details, vivid colors, perfect quality and very informative and useful note!
peppe59 (14551) 2011-11-19 2:51
a photo very interesting, dynamic players, beautiful colors.
good job and good weekend.
nikkitta (14852) 2011-11-19 8:27
Interesting and informative note
I like the capture with the people because of the contrast with the background temple ( with plenty of architectural details)
I enjoy watching it, TFS
SWEETFREEDOM (22730) 2011-11-19 23:50
colorful shot in fg, and beautiful details of this temple.
Silvio1953 (122315) 2011-11-20 1:21
Ciao Lakshmi, great POV on fantastic architecture,lovely composition full of people, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
kordinator (17624) 2011-11-22 0:55
Fantastic daily life scene with great architectural background.
Lively atmosphere with all this peoples.
quillo (11850) 2011-12-07 22:58
Interesting and attractive scene of daily life in the Brihadeeshwara Temple.
A photo well captured, good POV and light color and charming.
jmdias (55475) 2011-12-08 10:23
whwn the first portuguese arrived in southern india they said those people had churches like the europeans and seeing this image I can understand the reason of the oppinion. very nice compo with lots of details of architecture and the local people, the light is very nice but it is a pity quality of the image isn't perfect.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-02-29 18:49
Hello Dear Lakshmi!
The overwhelming presence of the temple fills the photo. The solid structure is very impressive. And the stair leading to a doorway equally reminds me of a presence so permanent. Up against the monotone colour of the wall the colourfulness of the people on the steps creates a very nice photographic contrast. The scene is truly a daily life captured with an architectural presence as a perfect background. The perspective with a low point of view but with a very steep angle of view works perfectly to create a depth and it accentuates the relationship the people have with the temple structure. The context and the subject work in harmony, the photograph is a very successful representation of the intended image.
With my very best and kind regards,
Have a very nice evening, Lakshmi