Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the ‘Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu’, the epicenter of Chola Dynasty (one the largest dynasties to rule South India) and a place of immense religious, art and architectural significance; welcome to Thanjavur, formerly and popularly referred to as Tanjore.
For any historian, archaeologist or even a normal tourist, Tanjore has plenty to offer.
My trip to Tanjore however, couldn’t be complete without visiting the world-famous Brihadeeswara Temple – built over 1000 years ago, this Temple is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I visited this Temple post lunch – on a cloudy and windy afternoon – the weather was perfect for clicking this photograph of a Temple that left me and leaves those visiting it awestruck by its magnificence!
This Temple houses the largest Nandi i.e. sacred bull, carved out of a single stone. Nandi is the ‘Vahana’ (Mount) of Lord Shiva, to whom the Temple is dedicated. Beautiful frescos painted predominantly during the times of the Cholas adorn the walls of the Temple.
Tanjore is also well known for its paintings and the famous Tanjore dolls, which I picked up as souveniers to remember this culture-rich place by.
So, on your next trip down-south, do try to take time out to visit Tanjore and its temples. Not only, will the visit take you on a trip back in time and appreciate the brilliant taste of art and architecture that our ancestors were blessed with.