In Tamil Nadu, India.
Significance: Famous for the Brihadeeswara Temple
Climate: Tropical climate with very hot summers.
A centre of classical arts and music, of exquisite handicrafts and bronze statues, Thanjavur or Tanjore derives its name from Tanjan-an asura, a demon who was killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Sri Neelamegapperumal. However, his last wish of naming the city after him was granted. The seat of Chola empire from 10th to 14th centuries, Thanjavur city map India, India wall map, Thanjavur travel guides, Madras wall map, Chennai travel guides, Thanjavur wall map Thanjavur has a rich architectural legacy from their times evident in the number of temples and structures that are a living testimony to the splendor and skills of those times. The Brihadeeshwara temple and the Thanjavur Palace are the chief attractions of the place that represent the lifestyle in the past and have become the icons of the present-day identity of the city. Thanjavut is also known as a land of classical musicians, Bharathanatyam dancers, Tanjore school of painting and Thavil, a percussion instrument.
Situated on the shores of River Kaveri, Thanjavur is also known as the 'granary of Tamil Nadu' and the cultural capital of the region.Thanjavur city map India, India wall map, Thanjavur travel guides, Madras wall map, Chennai travel guides, Thanjavur wall map There are 74 temples here, though the Brihadeeshwara temple is the most famous one, capped by an 80-ton monolithic cupola made of a single granite block. It was taken to the top by being pulled on a 6 km long inclined ramp just like the pyramids of Egypt. It is said to inspire the Prambanan temple in Indonesia and is considered an architectural wonder. The grandeur of the architecture and the sculptural finesse of the monuments of Tanjore are the evidences of the golden period of these arts in the city under the Cholas. The monolithic idol of the Nandi Bull, the mount of the Lord Shiva dates back to the Nayak period and is about 12 feet high and 20 feet long. It weighs about 25 tonnes!
Some of the popular buys at Thanjavur are Tanjore plates, which are inlaid with brass and silver, musical instruments like veena, tambura and mridangam, paper mache dolls, silk carpets, pith models of temples, garlands, unhusked paddy models and bell metal products.
Thanjavur, the legacy of the Chola Dynasty, is one of the most prosperous districts in the country. Established during the beginning of the Christian era,Thanjavur city map India, India wall map, Thanjavur travel guides, Madras wall map, Chennai travel guides, Thanjavur wall map the glory of the Cholas is reflected in the 74 odd temples in and around Thanjavur. It is scenically one of the most enchanting districts in Tamil Nadu, and houses a World Heritage monument - the Brahadeeswara Temple.
Thanjavur is famous for South Indian Silk and its distinctive art style on glass, and who can claim to be unaware of the world famous Tanjore paintings? Thanjavur district, the ‘Rice Bowl’ of Tamil Nadu, is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and south Indian Musical Instruments. (The Rock Fort Express plies daily between Thanjavur and Chennai Egmore Station. The journey is overnight and lasts app. 08 hrs.)
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