Friday, September 06, 2013

Trip to Thanjavur

I had written mostly everything in my tab, but somehow I didn't save it and lost everything. I don't have energy to write it again. So will just point where we went and what we did.

Its 6-Sep-2013 evening I was returning from office and as usual I was planning to go somewhere and don't know where. I enquired with Runai to check if she wants to go anywhere and she suggested Thanjavur. It was a great idea and I packed everything from home and headed toward Shantinagar Bus Stand, bangalore. Got 2 tickets for to and fro Bangalore and Thanjavur. We started our journey at 10:30 PM.

Its 7-Sep-2013, 7:00 AM. we reached Thanjavur new bus stand. We went staright to a hotel and booked for 2 days. After freshen up, we had beakfast and out on our way for the trip. We took and auto and went to Big Temple.

It is Peruvudaiyar Kovil, also known as Brihadeeswara Temple, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram, at Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and an art of the work achieved by Cholas in Tamil architecture. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples". This is the largest temple in India and one of India's most prized architectural sites. The temple stands amidst fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century. The vimana or (temple tower) is 216 ft (66 m) high[4] and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kumbam (Kalasha or Chikharam) (apex or the bulbous structure on the top) of the temple is carved out of a single stone and it weighs around 80 tons.There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high.The entire temple structure is made out of granite, the nearest sources of which are close to Tiruchchirapalli, about 60 km to the west of Thanjavur, where the temple is. Built in 1010 AD[7] by Raja Raja Chola I in Thanjavur, Brihadeeswarar Temple, also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple', turned 1000 years old in 2010. Next we went to Siva Ganga Garden and later to Schwartz Church. Next we went to Palace & Saraswathi Mahal Library, Art Gallery and Sangeetha Mahal. All these are in same compound. There are many other structures too like Palace Tower, various other palaces and Cooperative market place in same compound.

Next we had awesome lunch which consists of parota, dhosa and mushroom biryani at 5:00 PM and it was so nice that we parceled for dinner too. Took an auto and back to hotel.

Its 8-Sep-2013, we got up for breakfast but we did not go anywhere rather stayed in hotel and did nothing other than watching TV and relaxing. Around 8:00 PM we had dinner and went to the bus stand. Waited till night 11:30 PM and we started out journey back to Bangalore.

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