The Brihadeshwara Temple located in Thanjavur or Tanjore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, is worldwide famous for its artistically rich and grand architecture. It is one of the largest temples in India and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is a major attraction for both devotees and tourists from all around the world.
The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and was built by Rajraja Chola during 10th century and truly reflects the prosperous and mighty Chola Kingdom. The temple is completely built using granite, making it one of its kind in the world. The large compound of the temple is known as PeriyaKovil whereas the tower is called as Vimana, which is 216 feet tall.
The walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful paintings depicting the Chola period. There is a huge Shiv Lingam taller more than 12 feet placed in the sanctum and facing to this lingam is equally huge figure of Nandi bull carved from a single rock. The temple is also known for one of its most surprising fact being the disappearance of its shadow during noon.
The reason behind this is the unique design of the temple tower. The pillars at the entrance of the temple are called as musical pillars as when tapped, they seem to be producing musical sounds. A visit to Tamil Nadu therefore, is incomplete without visiting this majestic and grand monument. The nearest airport to Thanjavur is Trichy-65 kms away. Thanjavur is well connected to all major cities via road and railways.