martinsatte (martinsatte) wrote,

43. Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, India

There is always fascinating thing about temples in India - however big it is - on the pictures they looks like the same. Can not capture on the camera this magnificent temple to give the right impression because of harmony in which proportion between height and wide is kept.

This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. The temple tower is 66 meters high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kumbam - bulbous structure on the top of the temple - is carved out of a single stone.

There is a big statue of Nandi (Shivas bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 5-6 meters long and 4-5 meters high.

The entire temple structure is made out of hard granite stones in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola.

The Brihadeeswarar Temple was built to be the royal temple to display the emperor's vision of his power and his relationship to the universal order.

The temple was the site of the major royal ceremonies such as anointing the emperor and linking him with its deity, Shiva, and the daily rituals of the deities were mirrored by those of the king.

The temple maintained a staff of 600 people in various capacities. Besides the Brahmin priests, these included record-keepers, musicians, scholars, and craftsman of every type as well as housekeeping staff.

We woshed happines to you and everyone wlse on this world from this amazing place.

Om Namah Shivaya

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