January 19, 2016

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

Brihadishwara temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in India. This temple is situated in Thanjavur, in the State Tamilanadu, South India. This is the largest Shiva temple in India. Bruhad means large Sanskrit. Thanjavuru is well connected with the famous places near and around it. The nearest place of this temple is the temple of Arunachala with a distance of 60.8 kilometers. The distance between Minakshi temple and Brihadishwara is 189.7 kilometers. The distance from Rameshwaram Temple Bruhadishwara is about 237 km.

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

The temple was built by Raja Raja Chola Bruhadishwara, the king of the Chola kingdom. So, this temple is also called Rajarajeshwara Ayam. It is also called Peruvudiyar Kovil meaning Bruhadishwara (Shiva). Thanjavur has excellent heritage of Hinduism and India. It is also featured in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. This temple is the most famous of all the temples in Tamilanadu state. This temple has three entrances. 1st Entry is appointed Keralanthakan or how gate temple, 2nd input is designated as Rajarajan Tiruvanal and 3rd input is Tiruvanukkan Tiruvanal.

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

This temple has the biggest idol of Apis (Nandi) in tamilanadu. It looks Mahanandi but smaller than Mahanandi. The main temple is located in front of the idol Apis (Nandi). The temple is constructed so that no echo can be created, even crying. The entire temple was built with granite and even after thousands of years, they are still intact. This tells us how great these architectures and engineers were in ancient times.

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

According to the temple Bruhadishwara history took 5 years to complete the building between 1004 and 1009. Raja Raja Chola began construction of the temple at his age of 19 years. This temple was built with such advanced technology and it is beyond the scope of the retransmission of science. The temple of boom has 13 apartments with a total height of 216 feet and the amazing thing was 80 tons of black stone was placed at the top of the bell tower to say 216 feet above ground temple that too without having mechanical machines we have today. How they placed the large rock at such a height is beyond our imagination. The architecture of the temple itself proved very strong and can withstand any kind of natural calamity. For example Tsunami recently failed to even make a little damage to the temple. This is the glory of God and the wonder of Bruhadishwara.

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

In Chancel, the temple walls are too wide, the length of a wall is 793 feet and the width is 393 feet. Dance and Tamil culture Sculptures Sculptures are carved on the wall of the temple. The idol of the goddess was built by King Pandya .Here the idol of Subramanya is built by Vijayanagara kings and Vinayaka idol is built by the Marata kings.

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

The idols Dakshinamurti Lord, sun and moon are too big in this temple. It is one of the few temples to have the idols of Asta (8) Dikpalakhs. These idols are Indhrudu, Agni, Yamudu, Niruti, Varanudu, Vayavu, Kuberudu and Ishanyudu. Each idol of Ashta Dikpalakas has 6 feet tall. The temple roof is so beautiful and we can not express in words and also the beauty of the sculptures. And another amazing thing is that the temple of the dome is designed so that water from all directions come to a single point when it rains.

Bruhadishwara Temple Thanjavur

Our ancestors were Hindus so talented that they have built such a beautiful archtectures with excellent skills ENGINNERING without the aid of any machine during these periods. We should atleas admire their talent. Bruhadishwara temple logo was also printed on some 1000 Rupee notes in the beginning. This temple is also known as Dakshina Kailasa in South India. Everyone should visit this place at least once in our lifetime. Save temples. Devalayo Rakshati Rakshitaha.
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