Sunday, September 26, 2010

GangaikondaCholapuram & Tanjore Big Temple

Gangaikonda cholapuram

Is a wonderful place that is missed by many (including me thus far..!) for being similar to Tanjore big temple. It is similar...but has its own charm and uniqueness. A wonderful monument that every South Indian must visit...! I am already planning to visit it once again to spend more time and take a little more detailed set of photos.. I, already have an excuse to plan another trip , not being able to get into the temple during this visit as I reached the temple at 12:10. The temple closes at 12 noon. I could not wait till 4pm when the temple re-opens as I had a return booking from Tanjore that night...!

Dont Miss the Tanjore Photos and Videos...Contain close-up shots and Videos of Tanjore Big temple Tower (Gopuram) that can not be seen by naked eyes....! Read on for Tanjore portion in the same blog...!

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Tons of information is available on Tanjore big temple on the internet..The photos are worth seeing again and again and each visit never fails to amaze you.

The Peruvudaiyar Kovil or Brihadeeswarar Temple is also known as Rajarajeswaram at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, is the world's first complete granite temple.

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][5] and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kalash or 'Chikharam' on the top of the temple is not carved out of a single stone as is widely believed. There is a big statue of Nandi, carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high. The entire temple structure is made out of hard granite stones.

When the temple was completed, it was 40 times larger and five times taller than any temple before. It's made up of 130,000 tons of granite...!. The 60-metre tall Vimana is still the tallest in South India. A European-like figure is carved on the Vimana, probably a warning of the arrival of the British. And the most important feature of the building is that at no time of the day the shadow of the Gopuram will  fall on the ground.

If you ever wanted to know how the close-up shots of this tower looks like visit the videos given below.

My second visit Photos

Tanjore Close up Videos

Other Videos