Brihadeshwara is the title referring Lord Shiva enshrined in the Tanjore Big Temple built by Raja Raja Chola I and consecrated more than a thousand years back in 1010 AD. Considered a marvel and a miracle in the history of temple construction, the temple houses a huge Shivaling in its sanctum justifying the name Brihadeeshwara
ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Dravidian architecture
SANCTUM: Lord Shiva
DATE BUILT: 1003 and 1010 AD
BUILT BY: Chola dynasty
The Chola King Arulmozhivarman, praised as Rajaraja Chola I was a great conqueror who ruled over the entirety of South India, Ceylon, Malaya and the Maldives Islands. Laying the foundation for the temple following the orders received in his dream and accomplishing it around 1010 AD, he named the temple Rajarajeshwaram.
SIGNIFICANT TIME TO VISIT
HOW TO REACH
- By Air: Tiruchirapalli International airport is 61 km away
- By Train: Direct train is available from Chennai Central to Thanjavur.
- By Road: From Chennai, Temple is 382 km away.
There are many places to stay in Shri Brihadeshwara i temple. Shri Brihadeshwara temple has large number of tourist attraction so there are plenty of places to stay while touring in Shri Brihadeshwara temple. There are many hotels as well as private organization which takes good care of the people. There are 5 star hotels as well as hotels with nominal charges according to the traveller’s budget. The charges of the hotels are very nominal as they keep the needs and demands of the customers in their mind. These hotels provide wifi, hygienic food and clean environment.
The cities of south are famous majorly for their temples. In this area too, the city is dominated by places of worship. Apart from the temples mentioned above, other famous temples are the Lord Murugan Temple, Sani Bhagwan Temple, Thirumananjeri Temple, Thirunageshwaram Temple and many more.
WEBSITE & CONTACT
Assistant Commissioner/Executive Officer,
Thanjavur Palace Devasthanam,
No.1221, West Main Street,
Thanjavur - 613 009
Tamil Nadu, India.
Office: +91-4362 223384,
Fax: +91-4362 223387
Big Temple: +91-4362 274476
Mariamman Koil: +91-4362 267740
Iravatheeswarar Temple: +91-435-2417157