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Rajarajeshvara Temple complex: Raking view of one of two pillared halls lining the courtyard

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posted on 2017-07-03, 00:00 authored by G. Massiot & cie
Thanjavur was capital of the Chola dynasty from the mid-9th century AD to the mid-12th, in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple to Shiva as Great Lord (Brihadishvara) is a royal foundation of Rajaraja I (reigned 985-1014), after whom it is best known as Rajarajeshvara. It was consecrated in 1010. Size is its most striking feature, and in its time it must have been the largest temple in India. In addition to the tower (vimana) of the main temple, there are numerous shrines and sculptures, courtyards and two halls with pillared porches (mukhama\u1E47\u1E0Dapa). The two dominant themes are Tripurantaka and Shiva as Nataraja.

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Brihadeeswarar Temple

Date Created

1910-01-01

Date Modified

2017-07-03

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+10.780556+79.141667|Thanjavur|Thanjavur,, Tamil Nadu, India

Temporal Coverage

before or circa 1910

Cultural Context

Chola

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