Friday, April 24, 2009

The majestic temple

I went to a temple recently and i felt like sharing it to everyone…. The Brihadishwara Temple at Thanjavur which is near my hometown is the world’s first Granite Temple. It remains as one of the greatest glories of the Indian architecture. This temple is a part of great UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its built by the king Rajaraja Chola-I and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.


This is the temple gateway.


The view of the temple from the entrance.





Its built on 11th century AD. The “temple tower” is 66m (216 ft) high. The “Shikhara” of the structure at the top is a monolithic granite which weighs 81.25 tons. When my guide said about these figures I was speechless. I still cant understand how the Shikhara was taken to the top! The is considered to be the tallest temple in the world. The entire temple is made of hard granite stones. Just imagine how many days’ work it should have been…. I have learnt about its greatness right from my school days.. but I never know this will be so majestic. So I grabbed the camera and started to take pictures in every possible angle.


This is the Big Temple.


I tried to focus on the top and this is what i get.


A rear view of the temple.






These are some of the Guardian temples surrounding it.




This is the Nandi or the Sacred Bull carved out of a single rock which is 16 ft ht and 13 ft long.



(click on the pictures you like to have an clear view)
I was thrilled when i was look at this wonder peice. So what do you think?


19 comments:

GUGAW said...

wow this is beautiful - how lovely to have it near your home town!

Eeli said...

This is so so beautiful. I've always wanted to visit India and this makes me want to travel there so much more sooner. Thanks for posting such beautiful photographs and sharing your country with all us bloggers :)


Hope you have a nice weekend! :)

Eeli

Couture Carrie said...

That is absolutely amazing! So ornate and gigantic in scale! Thanks for sharing these fab photos. . .

xoxox,
CC

Pop Champagne said...

oh wow that is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks soo much for sharing these photos. They are stunning <3

Lover of Life said...

Unbelievable pictures - wow - now I really want to visit India.

It always amazes me that these temples and things could be built with just manpower alone. I wonder, how long did it take to build?

The intricacies of carving is really amazing.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

superb pics ra...swetha parevaledu u kwon to take fotos always .gud keep it up

Anonymous said...

swetha did u really take all these fotos in our cam only ??
its not so bad .coz our cam is just an ordinary one

Goofy Girl said...

Your pictures are amazing!! I felt like i was transported to another place :) Very cool, thanks for sharing!

DEXTER said...

hey its cool u posted the pics!! i've visited the temple around 5 times and each time i feel like i'm seein it for the first time.
its really beautiful and we must be proud that its in india and also near our place!!

Megan said...

wow, this is stunning!

pranksygang said...

Gugaw- i am very lucky to have it near my hometown

Eeli- i had a gr8 weekend.. this place will be more beautiful when you see them with your naked eyes! and you will really enjoy India!

PoP - even i was stunned to see the place! it was so beautiful

Couture- yes the temple is so huge.

Lover of Life- even i was amazed to know that the building used no machines..

Megan- thanks dear..

hey anonymous Sister.. i took pictures.. and it was wit our cam ... no doubt in that.. i think that was the only day our camera created no problems...

Goofy gal- thanks for your compliments..

Dexter- hey buddy.. you are lucky man.. you visited 5 times!! i was stunned by seeing it for the first time.. i really wanna go there again..

Kristina said...

These pictures are amazing! The designs on the ceiling are so intricate and beautiful. I hope to visit your country someday!

Star said...

I loved reading about the temple and would like to hear more from you about it and your religion and Lord Shiva. How do you behave when you go into a temple? Is it built to honour one God or many? Are there any special customs you observe there?

The fashions are colourful and vibrant. Those clothes enhance the female figure unlike many of our western clothes, which cover it up, I think. However, in a cold climate, they are not so practicable, are they!
Blessings, Star

emma said...

wow this is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

yes now our cam is not workin properly becoz of that idiot Vi
i think u no

pranksygang said...

star- yeah traditional dress and ancient temple are always eye catchy.
Temples are built for one god.

In Hindu tradition there is always relationship between Gods.. so in one temple there will be idols of many Gods like his sons , daughters and his disciple gods!

the special customs were observed decades ago.
temples will be crowded during festivals and most of the times its a tourist spot too...

Angela said...

These pictures are stunning. Lovely blog. Love the quote about waiting for the perfect moment...very inspiring.

deeps said...

wow!
richly informative and historical ...
and something of that great near your home ...

K @ Blog Goggles said...

It's gorgeous. You're lucky to live so nearby!

 
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