Photos

Photographer's Note

This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. The temple stands amidst fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century. The vimana — or the temple tower — is 216 ft (66 m) high[4] and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kumbam (or Kalash or Chikharam) (apex or the bulbous structure on the top) of the temple is carved out of a single stone as widely believed.[citation needed] There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high.[5] The entire temple structure is made out of hard granite stones, a material sparsely available in Thanjavur area where the temple is. Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola in Thanjavur, Brihadishwara Temple, also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple', turned 1000 years old in 2010.

Nobody has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 2061
Points: 2
Discussions
  • None
Additional Photos by Thyaharajan Jagadeesan (jaytea) (153)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH