The Brihadeeswarar temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This 10th century CE temple, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples", is a brilliant example of the Dravidian style of temple architecture. The central temple known as the Periya Kovil (Big Temple) stands within a fort, whose walls are later additions built during the 16th century. The name periya kovil came from its original name "periya aavudayar kovil" (aavudayar being a local name of Lord Shiva). The vimana (main tower) of the temple is about 70 m high and is the tallest in the world. It was so designed that the vimana never casts a shadow at noon at any part of the year. (from wikipedia)
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deepakk (198) 2008-09-30 4:19
dvlazar (6644) 2008-09-30 4:21
Stephen - great temple shot - showing it in all its grandeur. I like your framing of it, and the light shining on it is just perfect.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-09-30 4:28
Hello Stephen! Very interesting temple. Original architecture. Good perspective. Nice light and bright. Good composition. Original picture. Well done!
holmertz (45934) 2008-09-30 6:55
Now, this is a beauty of a temple, one of the marvels (and there are many) of Indian architecture. With your fish-eye lens you managed to capture it all (except for a tiny, tiny part of the top). I was here in 1988 and had the rather painful experience of walking barefoot on the burning hot stones. Wasn't this temple badly damaged in a fire in the late 90's or something?
pcp (3396) 2008-09-30 21:30
Wonderful POV and this is my first time to seeing this angle, Awesome.Great blue sky. Waiting to see more :)))