Brihadeeshwara Temple, UNESCO World Heritage site in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Brihadeeshwara Temple, UNESCO World Heritage site in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
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UNESCO World heritage site Brihadeeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Information on Brihadeeshwara temple and best time to visit.

The Brihadeeshwara Temple

tamilnadu Brihadeeshwara temple


Built in the 10 th century by the great king, Raja Chola, is an engineering marvel.It is considered to be artistically the most perfect of Dravida temples. It has excellent sculptures and traces of paintings.
The temple with its 66.5 meters high ‘srivamana’ dominating the city is built of granite.
The temple consists of a cupolic dome which is octagonal in shape and rests on a single square block of granite, weighing 81.3 tonnes. The moulded plinth is extensively engraved with inscriptions. On the walls of the inner passage are life-size iconographic representations of various Hindu deities.

Tourist Information
Open on all weekdays from sunrise to sunset except shrines under worship


Best Time To Visit
October to April.

About Tamilnadu :

Situated on the south eastern side of the Indian peninsula, Tamil Nadu is a land steeped in tradition. Ancient culture and heritage come alive in true from here. It is a traditional state known for its dance and music.

The temples of Madurai, Thanjavur and Rameswaram and also at the country’s southern tip kanyakumari, where the three seas meet, are unique and famous.

Tamil Nadu is also known for its fabulous bird sanctuary of Vedanthangal; the Pallava cave temples; the hill resorts of Yercaud, Coonoor and Kotagiri; the Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the Nilgris; the spectacular jellikattu – the local bull fight; the car pageants of Srirangam, Thiruvayur and Kanchipuram; the floating festivals at Madurai, Triplicane and Mylapore in Chennai; the celebrations of Pongal and Navratri festivals.