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Tanjore Brahadeeswarar Temple - Thanjai Periya Kovil
The Brahadeeswarar Temple or popularly known as the "Big Temple" (Thanjai Periya Kovil) which is said to be one among the best temples in South India was built by the greatest Chola emperor - Raja Raja Chola. This temple is a finest contribution to Dravidan temple architecture during his dynasty.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shivan was built during the 1003 AD by the King Rajarajan Cholan I. It is quite different from all other temples because the main tower is soaring sky high whereas the gopurams are all small in size. The tower is 14 storey high and rises to 216 ft above the ground making the Brahadeeswarar temple the tallest temple in South India.
The Paintings on the ceiling inside the inner sanctum are said to be so beautiful that one cannot take their eye from it. We can see a huge Nandi as soo as we enter the temple.