Listed as a Unesco heritage site, Brihadeeshwara Temple, perhaps the oldest Shiva temple in India has welcomed all -- from powerful kings passing through its hallowed portals seeking divine blessings for the good of their subjects, to the commoner.
Built in 1,010 AD by Raja Raja Chola, the 216-feet temple remains a grand structure, unparalleled in size and splendour and is visible from any area in Thanjavur, perhaps the only such temple in India having this characteristic.
Dwarfing the devout is a huge stone sculpture of the Nandi, the bull which Lord Shiva rides, considered second largest in India.in front of the temple tower.
The inner sanctum houses something possibly not found in other temples -- some rare paintings,which were not discovered until a few decades ago. However, access to the paintings is restricted as they are in a very fragile state.
Officials of Archaelogical Survey of India,which maintains the temple, say it represents the zenith of the Dravidian type of temples in its purest form, has precision of conception and execution and magnitude of scale.
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lousat (89918) 2012-03-09 4:13
This temple is really a great beauty! What a spectacular architechture,i like your point of view and the magnificent warm colors,the details too are at the top of quality.Have a nice weekend and thanks,LUCIANO
jacquest (18927) 2012-03-09 4:18
The people in the image gives a good sense of perspective to appreciate the size of the temple and it's architectural elements. The colors are warm and the details are well rendered.
Have a nice day
ChrisJ (112403) 2012-03-09 4:20
I like the warm cold color contrast between the ladies in blue & yellow saris bottom right. It adds interest to an already superb shot of these ornate temple carvings. Good sharpness & upward pov. Tfs!
Sergiom (77485) 2012-03-09 5:50
C'est incroyable cette structure sculptée dans la pierre rouge. Le travail est d'une grande beauté ainsi que la qualité de l'image.
ikeharel (69925) 2012-03-09 6:11
only the ladies and boy who stand there gave us an idea how big the place is. A beautiful sight of statues carved onto the red/brown wall's.
Magnificent place, I'd take this from a farther POV - only if possible.
Have a nice weekend,
Miguel82 (27674) 2012-03-09 6:28
I have also visited this wonderful temple
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-03-09 8:35
Hello Dear Lakshmi !
The well-textured temple façade imposes an overwhelming presence in the image. And the deeply curved out surfaces create a very successful backdrop to the scene depicted. With the unknown expanse and the extent of the façade and the warm tone in its surfaces, for the background itself it is worth seeing this photo. Combined with the presence of a few people in front of the surface, the image is successfully activated for the presentation. It is incredible how beliefs can create a structure of this size and of this presence all in stone. The photo caries effectively the message, I wonder how those people climbed to the level of the façade where they are found in the photo. It is a very well framed and is nicely presented.
With my best and kindest regards,
Have a very pleasant Friday, Lakshmi
pajaran (59581) 2012-03-09 10:23
Lep pogled na deo hrama ...
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast kojim ste istakli detalje na fasadi.
Dobar prikaz i kompozicija.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend.
Nice view of the temple ...
Good image sharpness and contrast what you have pointed out the details on the facade.
Good presentation and composition.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend.
siudzi (34141) 2012-03-09 11:36
This place with an amazing architecture looks absolutely amazing! Like the way you composed that view from this point of view. People bring life into the place. Like it!
tatadalou (7459) 2012-03-09 12:53
Pretty composition in which the presence of visitors also serves to enhance the architecture. I might have cut the metal staircase on the left, I think it damages the beauty of the whole.
bayno (18344) 2012-03-09 20:30
beautiful temple, great details and beautiful colors, very pleasing to the human presence that gives us the scale, always interesting your notes...
have a good WE...
cavli (1876) 2012-03-10 0:27
very nice architectural elements. very good pov and sharpness. I like the details of the temple.
bukitgolfb301 (41084) 2012-03-10 3:53
Hi NMASKAR my dear Lakshmi
Sorry for my late reaction.
I am very happy to see my favorite Indian image by you.
An attractive and impressive shot as your trademark thema and style! Perfect and great framework and exposure are as usual. Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good Saturday!
Takero from rainy Tokyo
axiotea (21651) 2012-03-10 4:10
That temple rich in carvings looks huge, thanks to the people giving scale to it! The ladies seemed to enjoy their visit...the warm colour tones of the monument are pleasant to the eye!
gita (243) 2012-03-10 6:23
Hello Lakshmi ji
A nice shot of tanjore big temple ,with good light and composition. I went to this temple 4yrs back, and this place is photographer's paradise i can say.
Graal (102634) 2012-03-10 23:41
very nice decorative facade of temple. Good captured scene with women also. Well informations and photowork.
Have a nice day.
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-03-11 12:30
Hi my friend
Congratulations very nice effect of light and the angle
of historical fun
abmdsudi (53097) 2012-03-11 20:46
Wonderful capture in quite tame light is picking out the delicate stone carvings of the temple and ideally framed. Beautiful and unique architecture displaying the skillful talents of artists and craftsmen on that era. The fine detail and repetitive effect of the sculptures is mesmerising. Love how you have composed this with those figs adding a sense of scale and human interaction as well. Excellent infor note to guide us through. Just breathtakingly captivating and you have certainly captured the spirit of India so well. Excellent shot of high quality.
jmdias (63482) 2012-03-17 16:07
this is a kind of façade we can take thousands of photos and have more to register. marvelous details. I liked the inclusion of people here too.
nikkitta (17066) 2012-04-04 16:16
Great capture of the interesting temple with the carvings
Have never seen the line of them at the lower part
Good to add the tourist to give contrast with the orange pink colors
Greetings and TFS