This is the gopuram of Brihadeeshwara Temple in Tanjore.The Gopuram(temple steeple) located at the top is constructed with 80 tons of single stone. It is truly a marvellous architecture.
The celebrated Saiva temple at Thanjavur, appropriately called Brihadisvara and Daksinameru, is the grandest creation of the Chola emperor Rajaraja (AD 985-1012). It was inaugurated by the king himself in his 19th regnal year (AD 1009-10) and named it after himself as Rajesvara Peruvudaiyar. Architecturally, it is the most ambitious structural temple built of granite. It has been regarded as a ‘landmark in the evolution of building art in south India’ and its vimana as a ‘touchstone of Indian architecture as a whole’. The temple is within a spacious inner prakara of 240.9 m long (east-west) and 122 m broad (north-south), with a gopura at the east and three other ordinary torana entrances one at each lateral sides and the third at rear. The prakara is surrounded by a double-storeyed malika with parivaralayas. The temple with its massive proportions and simplicity of design provided inspiration for future designs in constructions not only in south India but also in south-east Asia.
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siudzi (32381) 2011-11-25 6:52
Wow! What a great shot of this beautiful temple! All the details and decorations are absolutely amazing. Love the warm light seen on its facade. Very nice image. TFS.
TopGeo (38168) 2011-11-25 7:11
Hello LakshmiNice architecture photo, nice building Great composition and framing, great light management, beautiful colours and textures
bayno (18342) 2011-11-25 7:17
Dear lakshmi, today you surprise us with this beautiful image, the light is just amazing, the colors are perfected saturated and the sharpness is excellent, the temple is wonderful and we can see all the lovely details, have a nice WE, Valter
batalay (34761) 2011-11-25 7:24
What a remarkable edifice, one of an ending collection of architectural gems in India. I wonder what the age is?
dip (23520) 2011-11-25 7:37
what an architectural wonder!
very well captured and presented through your beautiful image,
thanks for sharing,
snunney (79695) 2011-11-25 7:46
A very good capture of this intricately decorated temple. The cross-lighting brings out the detail and warm tones to very good effect. The attractive pale blue sky makes a fine backcloth.
adramad (35413) 2011-11-25 7:48
Wonderful composition of this beautiful temple, I love to see your image, it reminds me of my visit here in 2008, I have lots of pictures of this amazing temple.
Ideal as they look the many sculptures and details, with the golden color of the setting sun, is a clear image and a perfect light. Well done.
Enjoy a happy weekend.
rychem (19523) 2011-11-25 7:55
What an interesting architecture, I like the rich details and shapes
vasilpro (40783) 2011-11-25 8:15
Wonderful view to that beautiful Temple with interesting architectural details, excellent POV, lovely warm light and colors, very good contrast, clarity and sharpness, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
dale54 (6291) 2011-11-25 8:29
very nice detail in this.hi lakshmi!very nice light here,and love that color of the temple!nice work! dr
dta (63008) 2011-11-25 9:11
Hello Lakshmi ,
This is an outstanding building . The well chosen POV creates an impressive feeling , and the light is splendid .
Well done .
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-25 9:22
Very efficience framing to this beautiful and interesting religious architectur which arise very well in the blue of the BG. Details of the architectur well collected.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-11-25 9:49
il POV dal basso esalta la costruzione di questa piramide.
Mi piace il contrasto della pietra e la fine decorazione.
saxo042 (36912) 2011-11-25 9:50
A very good POV and a very impressive and interesting building. How old is this construction? Beautiful artwork and very fine colours!
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-11-25 10:04
Beleza esta foto vertical com este templo com estes degraus cheios de detalhes , deve ter uma boa altura , gostei dos seus tons dourados em contraste com o azul , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
peppe59 (14551) 2011-11-25 11:35
very interesting image, great sharpness, perfect light.
thanks for sharing
Budapestman (82620) 2011-11-25 11:41
a splendid photo of this fantastic architecture the composition is very nice, beautiful golden lights and the architectural details are amazing, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
pajaran (48507) 2011-11-25 11:54
Dobar tekst o sa podacima starom hramu, remek delo starih majstora ...
Dobar trenutak snimka sa svetlom koje je naglasilo detalje na starom hramu, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka i prikaz, lepe boje.
Imajte lep dan.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Good article about old temple with the data, a masterpiece of the old masters ...
A good shot with a light moment that highlighted the details of the old temple, pretty pictures.
Good length and severity view, beautiful colors.
Have a nice day.
All the best for the weekend.
corjan3 (2027) 2011-11-25 12:46
Wonderful perspective and patterns. Very well done. Neels
bukitgolfb301 (34494) 2011-11-25 21:03
Hi NMASKAR my dear Lakshmi
Sorry for my dull reaction weekday as usual, but I still enjoy your garalley very much.
Wonderful brethtaking architecture shot from your mother contry. Sharp and clear presentation with deep exposure as usual.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Satyrday,
Takero from early winter Tokyo.
ikeharel (52383) 2011-11-26 1:10
This is an amazing sight, on a Pyramide shape temple, Lakshmi.
The numeros small sculptures are overwhelming, (big ones as well), with the golden light, you achieved a remarkable Image.
japiey (10163) 2011-11-26 2:25
Namaste Lakshmi ji ~
Excellent shot of the gopuram of Brihadeeshwara Temple.
Fine tones and light.
Wish U a great weekend.
danos (83083) 2011-11-26 3:54
excellent the presentation as the its marvellous architectural style of this temple steeple.I like this impressive massive proportions with the shape to lools a pyramid.
sacimar (25975) 2011-11-26 4:49
this is an impressive temple, I like the composition with a beautiful light, the details are excellent, well seen, nice job,
Fis2 (81990) 2011-11-26 13:15
Wow fantastic builging!
Excellent colors and light.
Very impressive picture.
pablominto (53744) 2011-11-27 4:36
An amazing piece of architecture..!
I'm also stunned by the effort that was put into holy buildings in all religions, showing how much the particular religion means...
This is a fine capture, making good use of the special light to show details and colours in the structure!
Silvio1953 (115987) 2011-11-27 11:18
Ciao Lakshmi, great POV on fantastic architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (13294) 2011-11-27 18:01
I have never seen such a temple and you captured it with the sun on it, so it seems almost golden
The architectural details are stunning and perfectly clear
A real marvel, Congrats and TFS
Interesting and informative note also
Graal (95393) 2011-11-27 23:19
unusual construction of temple, view like pyramid. I like the details of architecture and sculptures. Amazing gold hues. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
ChrisJ (94802) 2011-11-28 17:55
I like the warm cold color contrast between the yellow red temple & the blue sky. The pyramid shape is interesting. Lots of ornate details to look at such as the statues in each recess. Reasonable sharpness & good pp work. Tfs!
photoray (10209) 2011-12-04 5:41
A truly impressive ancient temple, for your golden lighting and focus on the intricate details.
I am also impressed for the architectural accomplishment a millenium ago.
Have a fine weekend,
BluSimo (9392) 2011-12-04 10:29
this ancient building is fantastic, I am impressed by what I have read in yours notes about its age, the dimensions, the necessary stones. the light and the Pov strengthen its beauty and the wealth of the detail. cheers!
josepmarin (57511) 2011-12-05 0:02
the light of the sunset and the warm tonalities create a beautiful visual effect on this wonderful temple, emphasizing its impressive carvings with the three-dimensional sense that the shades offer us on its structure.
The framing is perfect, and catches the whole beauty of this amazing architecture.
A beautiful work.
jmdias (52682) 2011-12-11 8:56
it looks you posted this image to make a dialogue with the previous one. amazing architecture, lots of beauty and details to enjoy. TFS.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-02-25 10:24
Hello Dear Lakshmi!
The temple architecture in a warm sunlight looks great! All the details brought out by the light and shadow give the temple complex in a special atmosphere. I wonder if there is an interior space to this particular structure. The low POV and the steep angle of the view give the structure integrity. I often think of this type of architecture as being painted in bright colours. I personally prefer to see it like this in a natural stone colour. I would like to travel one day and see the temple myself. The frame full of the image and its presence is nicely presented in the photo. It looks as though the structure is in good condition. I see some scaffolding for repair work. The restoration work also must be an interesting work to do.
With my very best and kind regards,
Have a very nice afternoon, Lakshmi
maloutim (9627) 2012-08-12 23:38
Whaouh ! I think this is the most beautiful gopuram I have seen in picture, let alone in reality !
Your capture is sensational, with the sun striking the stone, making it look like gold !
Optimum sharpness too, which lets us see all the details of this intricate architecture.
PS. Yesterday, I posted the main gopuram of Virupaksha in Hampi. I was wondering in my note if the different storeys are accessible from inside, or if they are just decorative ?
Thanks for sharing.