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Tanjore – Temples, Paintings And More

Tanjore is one of the famous cities in Tamil Nadu. It is known as the Cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. Tanjavore is well-known for its art, religion and architectural brilliance. The world famous Chola temples are located in Tanjavore. These temples are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Brihadeeswara temple is located in the heart of the city. Tanjore paintings are exceptional and have unique features, which is very difficult to find anywhere else in the world. Tanjore is also known as the Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu since it is placed in Cauvery region.

 

Brihadeeswara Temple

Brihadeeswara Temple photoPhoto by Arian Zwegers

This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is one of the most famous among Tanjavore temples. The temple is also called the Raja Rajeswara or Peruvudayar Temple. Brihadeeswara temple is one of the biggest temples in India. This was built by the Chola dynasty in 1010 CE. The temple is more than 1000 years old. Brihadeeswara temple is very famous among the tourists. The temple has a huge figure of Nandi (sacred Bull) which is made of a single rock.

 

Airavateswara Temple

Brihadeeswara Temple photoPhoto by Nithi clicks

Airavateswara Temple is almost 3 km away from Tanjavore in Darasuram village. This was built in the 12th century by Chola dynasty’s Rajaraja Chola 2. Darasuram was famous because of this temple. The Temple deity is Lord Shiva, famous here in the name Airavateswara because Airavata used to worship Lord Shiva at this temple. The myth says that Airavata’s color changed to white because of Maharshi Durvasa and Airavata got the color back after taking bath at this temple.

 

Tirumanancheri Temple

Tirumanancheri Temple photoPhoto by Santhosh Janardhanan

This is another temple located in the district of Tanjore. It is very famous among Hindu believers, especially among those finding difficulty in getting married or having marital problems. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and Parvathi. But they are known in the names Lord Kalyanasunderswarar and Devi Kokilambal respectively. Some specific poojas and activities are done in the temple that is believed to clear the obstacles faced by married people. Most of the Tamil people and tourists who visit Tanjavore definitely go to this temple to get the blessings.

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Garbharakshambigai Temple

Garbharakshambigai Temple photoPhoto by Wings and Petals

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and located at Thirukarukavoor in Tanjore district. This temple is famous among all tourists because of its uniqueness. Garbharakshambigai temple is known for unusual procedures in pooja and other activities. Couples who have a problem in getting pregnant or delayed pregnancy come here to worship Lord Shiva. Hindu followers come in huge numbers every year to this temple.

 

Other Artefacts From Tanjore

Tanjore painting photoPhoto by brinda05

Tanjore paintings have a very important role our art culture. The paintings in the temples of Tanjore showcase a unique and rare method that surprises art lovers from across the world. These paintings in the temple will give you a larger picture of the temple and its history. In the earlier temples, these stories were shared more in scriptures and sculptures. In Tanjore’s temples, the paintings we used for storytelling. Every painting will have a story to tell you. Sometimes, you will see huge paintings also that flaunt their skills and knowledge about art. The colors used in these paintings still look fresh, after so many years. That’s despite using any kind of chemicals to preserve these colors.

 

Tanjore painting photoPhoto by amitrakar

The Chola dynasty king, Raja Raja Chola knew that if you draw something over the wall of the temple, people will look into it. He wanted to spread the Chola dynasty achievements to the world. Raja Raja Chola had some ideas which he wanted to give to the world. He made sure that natural colors of high quality mixed with natural preservatives were used for the paintings which keep them fresh even today.

The Dancing Dolls of Tanjore

Tanjore doll photoPhoto by amitrakar

Tanjore is very famous for the Tanjavore Bommai or doll. These dolls are very common in Tamil Nadu and in south India. It is actually made of terracotta. The specialty of the doll is that whole weight of the doll is placed at the base of the doll. It has 3 sections – the lower body, waist down, the upper body, neck to waist and the head. Each part can be moved which gives a unique dancing effect to the doll. These are very popular among the tourists who visit Tanjore.

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