It was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987…
Religious tourism, sometimes called spiritual tourism has gained an increasing role all over the world. Part of this position is certainly due to the explosion of the overall tourism phenomenon supported by an increase in income, technology, by information circulation or promotion actions. However, religious tourism is growing especially in direct relation with people’s…
Wednesday’s consecration had lakhs of devotees and tourists checking into the town from across the nation and other countries for a glimpse of the spectacle.
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amil Nadu is also home to a large number of historic buildings, religious sites and heritage monuments, designated as UNESCO sites.
There are a select few whose timeless appeal is so undeniable that they deserve the spotlight…
A kaleidoscope of beliefs and religious practices, India is home to some of the world’s most spectacular temples. From the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar to the Buddist Mahabodhi Temple in Jharkhand, learn more about these places of worship.
The two-day Art of Living programme at Brihadeesvara Temple in Thanjavur was moved out after Madurai HC Bench restrained from hosting a private event.
A state government department played a key role in getting permission from the ASI for Thanjavur’s Brihadisvara temple where private events are prohibited.
Three of the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tamil Nadu, are located in the central heart of the state – all three, a lasting legacy of the Cholas. Renowned for their stone architecture and metal sculpture work, the unique art of the Cholas beckons travellers, centuries after they were first created. Making either Trichy, Kumbakonam or Thanjavur the base, it is possible to catch a glimpse of both these enduring legacies of the Cholas in a day, And save time for more!, writes MALLIKA IYER
Central Tamil Nadu was at one time, the heartland of the Cholas. This is where the river Kaveri, (also known as Ponni in Tamil), is worshipped as the Mother Goddess for feeding the land and people with her abundance. Of the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tamil Nadu, three are located in this region – all a legacy of the Cholas that ruled the area from the 9th to 13th century CE.
The Cholas were famous for their stone architecture as also their exquisite metal sculpture-work.
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Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple located in the town of Darasuram, near Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur, the Gangaikondacholisvaram Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram that are referred to as the Great Living Chola Temples.
The Airavatesvara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is here known as Airavateshvara, because he was worshipped at this temple by Airavata, the white elephant of the king of the Heaven, Indra. Legend has it that Airavata, while suffering from a change of colour curse from Sage Durvasa, had its colours restored by bathing in the sacred waters of this temple. This legend is commemorated by an image of Airavata with Indra seated in an inner shrine. The temple and the presiding deity derive its name from this incident.
It is said that the King of Death, Yama also worshipped Shiva here.
Come, join us for a three-day tour of the Great Living Chola Temples this Republic Day long weekend.
Few temples in the world convey as much grandeur and majesty as the great Chola temples of Tamil Nadu. The legacy of stone-temple building by the Pallavas was inherited well by the Chola emperors – for a period of over three centuries, these emperors and artisans sustained what could arguably be India’s greatest and grandest temple construction programmes.
Come, join us for a three-day tour of the Great Living Chola Temples this Republic Day long weekend. The tour of the Chola temples will bring us face-to-face with some of the finest temple architectures India has ever produced.
The tour will cover three UNESCO-nominated Great Chola Living Temples – the eleventh- and twelfth-century Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram.
This ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu’ is also the capital of art and literature of Tamil Nadu that was nourished even under the rule of Marathas and the British. The sweet smiling people of the city add to the beauty of the city along with colourful dancing dolls and shining Thanjavur paintings. This city proves to be a perfect destination for an art and architecture lover and for an explorer in search of a new haunt. It is said to have been named after a demon named “Tanoj”, who wished the town to be named after him. Reaching to this city is quite easy from any main town of Tamil Nadu. There are many amazing places to see in Thanjavur.
Best time to visit: August to October and January to March
A survey reveals the best UNESCO heritage sites across the globe
India’s Taj Mahal and the grand Chola temples have made it to the top ten of UNESCO world heritage sites, according to a survey conducted by a leading travel website.
In fact, Shah Jahan’s memorial to his wife Mumtaz ranks only second to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, which was crowned as the most sought after heritage site. Both Angkor and Taj retained their top two positions on the world list as well. Other popular heritage sites on the survey include the Great Wall of China built by Xu Da of Northern Qi Dynasty in 1368 AD and South America’s Incan citadel Machu Picchu in Peru.
The survey, conducted by online travel portal TripAdvisor, lists the heritage sites which are best rated by travellers around the globe.
Chidambaram and Thanjavur were always on my travel wish list. But then I chanced upon a photograph of Kumbhakonam. The temple town cast its spell on me and promptly put itself on the list. My husband though, wasn’t exactly convinced about my enthusiasm for Chola age temples, considering that temples closer home were not always the places I chose to visit. But, his apprehensions lasted only till we set our eyes on the magnificent ‘Great Living Chola Temples’.
The three temples in this circuit – the Brihadeswara temple in Thanjavur; the temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram, also dedicated to Brihadeswara; and the Airavateswara temple in Darasuram – are on the Unesco World Heritage Sites list. Tourists flock to marvel at the structures but so do the believers since religious rituals are all followed in these temples dating back to 11th and 12 centuries.
Kumbhakonam – the temple city
Thanjavur, an ancient city with many architectural footprints of Chola Kings. Now its declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Tanjavur we could see the prosperous past architectural legacy of Chola dynasty. The Brihadeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was built by King Rajaraja I in the 11th century to celebrate a military victory. The temple is a tribute as well as a reflection of the power of RajaRaja Chola I.
Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance.
Yeah !! The Brihadeshwar Temple is a tribute as well as a reflection of the power of RajaRaja Chola I.
Tanjavur Brihadeeswara Temple is an engineering marvel built 1000 years ago.It’s one of the most amazing buildings in India.
Also famed as the “Rajarajeshwara Temple”, “Rajarajeshwaram” and “Peruvudayar Temple”, this temple is located in Thanjavur in the State of Tamil Nadu. This temple is amongst the largest temples of India, and is a part of the UNESCO World heritage sites.
Although believed to be named after the king, it is precisely the presiding deity Lord Shiva who is known by the name of ‘Rajarajeshwara’. Later, it came to be known as ‘Brihadeeswara’ as synonym to the Great Ishwara.
Constructed by the Tamil king Arulmozhivarman, famously known as RajaRaja Chola in order to fulfill an order given to him in a dream.
This temple, built around 1010 CE is around one thousand years old, and gives an insight to the exquisite Chola Dravidian temple architectural style.
South Indian temples are famous for Dravidian style and Vijayanagara style architecture that is grandeur, tall and consists primarily of pyramids like towers made from sandstone, soapstone, and granite. They look magnificent and are breathtakingly beautiful that provides people with both spirituality and amusement.
Compiled here are the 10 beautiful South Indian Temples, which everyone should visit once in their lifetime.
1. Virupaksha Temple – Hampi, Karnataka
Designated as world heritage site by UNESCO, it was built in the 7th century the queen of Vikramaditya to honor the victory of the king. Virupaksha Temple has the Dravidian style architecture and is located in Hampi, 350 km from Bangalore. Virupaksha Temple is one of the most beautiful South Indian Temples and lies on the bank of beautiful Tungabhadra River and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
2. Meenakshi Temple – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Nothing compares to the experience of travelling on a train in India. India’s rail network is one of the largest and busiest in the world, and a ride aboard leaves you nervous, excited and amused! Travelling with the Indian Railways is almost like a romance. The network is spread all over the country and trains are for every kind of traveller, suiting every budget!
But there are a few trains in India that are the epitome of luxury – meant for those who like the finer things in life.
One such train is ‘The Golden Chariot’ that has two routes, both in Southern India, and covers some of the most famous sights and cities. It’s named after the famous stone chariot in Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kumbakonam is a graceful city of Tamil Nadu, located at a distance of 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, India. Apart from the beauty of the city, the place contains almost 20 major temples, which are famous and historic, so tourists throng to this place all year round. Kumbakonam was under the Chola Dynasty for thousands of years, so many of these temples have been built by The Chola Kings. Kumbakonam is also recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage. This city of temples has several tourist spots that you should explore:
1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
When you visit Kumbakonam, the first place you should visit is Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and devotees from all over the world visit this marvelous holy temple. Every year, countless devotees pay their homage to Lord Shiva in this temple.