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Brihadeeswarar Temple(Periya Kovil) at Thanjavur - A world heritage site photos

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Brihadeeshwarar Temple at Thanjavur is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is build by Raja Raja Chola I in 1010 AD. As in the case of the South Indian dynasties such as the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagara, Hoysala etc dynasties no part of the temple walls or columns are left blank but are filled with carvings of intricate and fascinating details. There are thousands of such statues in the Thanjavur Brihadeeshwarar temple. This temple is commonly called as Thanjavur Peruvudaiyar Kovil or Thanjavur Periya Kovil in Tamil. This place is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

On the left is a statue of "Harihara" or another form of Shiva. Also known as "Shakaranarayana" "Shankar" - Shiva and "Narayana" - Vishnu. On the right is Vishnu Durga. Vishnu Durga, also known as Narayani, is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Durga. Vishnu-Durga is regarded as the sister of Lord Krishna, born immediately before him.She is depicted as standing on head of the buffalo(Mahishasura) killed by Durga.

On the left is a statue of "Harihara" or another form of Shiva. Also known as "Shakaranarayana" "Shankar" - Shiva and "Narayana" - Vishnu. On the right is Vishnu Durga. Vishnu Durga, also known as Narayani, is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Durga. Vishnu-Durga is regarded as the sister of Lord Krishna, born immediately before him.She is depicted as standing on head of the buffalo(Mahishasura) killed by Durga.

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