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The Brihadishwara Temple at Thanjavur (Tanjore) is a brilliant example of the architectural excellence of the Chola Dynasty in Tamil Nadu. The foundations of the temple were laid by the ambitious emperor Chola King Rajaraja Chola I in 1002 AD. The temple was built to display the emperor's vision of his power and his relationship to the universal order. The 'Vimana' or the temple tower is 66 m (216 ft) high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The 'Shikhara' (bulbous structure on the top) of the temple weighs 81.25 tons.

The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Great Living Chola Temples' and is one of India's most prized architectural sites.

This shot shows a traditional widow in the characteristic garb exiting one of the gateways.

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