Brihadeeswarar Temple(Periya Kovil) at Thanjavur - A world heritage site photos
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.
The Cholas had a design idea for everything. Here a pot bellied statue has been placed to support a channel that carries the holy water form the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and delivers the water into a receiving tank. Instead of supporting the channel by a simple support the architect provided a pot bellied statue to sustain interest. Lot of time and effort but very fascinating.
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