The Great Living Chola Temples are one of the famous temples in the south of India and neighouring islands. These temples are built during the 11th and 12th century by the Chola Dynasty - one of the longest ruling dynasties in south India. Brihadisvara Temple, Temple of Gangaikonda and Airavatesvara Temple are the most popular temples in Great Living Chola temple which are located respectively at Thanjavur, Cholapuram and Darasuram.
The Brihadisvara Temple was declared a world Heritage site in 1987 and other remaining are declared in 2004 by UNESCO. All three temples are dedicated to lord Shiva and they have great collection of sculpture, painting and art that’s attracting number of tourists in this place. These temples are built by granite and have beautiful sculptures of dancers, deities, Kings and warriors. More importantly, these temples look amazing during sunrise and sunset.
Brihadisvara temple is one of most famous temples in this area which was built in 1010 BC by King Raja Raja Chola-I. This temple is also among the most visited temples in Tamil Naidu and has a tallest temple tower in the world. The architecture of the temple is inspiring and represents the ideology and Engineering of Chola Empire. This temple has built by granite and completed in 7 years.