Tanjavur – English


The Brihadeeswar Temple or the Big Temple as it is fondly called is a symbol of the power and might of the ruler of the Chola Dynasty. The temple was built by Raja Raja Chola I of the Chola Dynasty in the year 1010 AD. The temple was indeed built by the king to display his power and vision to the world. The architecture of the temple was such that it could showcase the power of the mighty king.

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Legend has it that the ancient town of Thanjavur came up on the spot where Vishnu defeated an evil demon. The mighty Cholas made it their capital in the 9th century CE, following which they increased, through conquests, the size and strength of their empire. Finally, after realising all his military ambitions, the Chola monarch Raja Raja Chola 1 decided to build a great temple in Thanjavur dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thus Thanjavur became home to the majestic Brihadeeswara temple in addition to many other shrines. Amar Chitra Katha tells the stories surrounding this ancient town and its monuments.

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