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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phwall (6785) 2009-04-02 3:59
Ah, at last, the prodigal has returned, and with a fine capture under his belt.
Wonderful detail in this image, the carving is just exquisite. I love the muted colour tones of the rock and the vivid burst of brilliant orange of the woman's garb. Good POV and your vertical composition is excellent. OK that's all the superlatives you're going to get.
I have a question, how did you manage to get everything in perfect pin sharp focus except for that large rock in the top left of frame. It's crazy, the foreground is sharp, the background is sharp but that one rock is soft. You trying to trick me up fella.
Good to see you again my friend, you have been missed.
ajayrawat (615) 2009-04-02 13:17
Great composition, dash of color right in the middle of the frame, that too so rich and pure, Not to mention the environment of the temple and art in each corner. Great work.