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Brihadisvara Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram

For administrative and strategic purposes they built another capital and named it Gangaikondacholapuram. The Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent. It flowed through the heart of their empire, the city of Thanjavur.

The name means The town of the chola who took over Ganga water from Ganga or who defeated the kings near Ganga. In his treasure chambers were the crowns of the Pandayas and the Sinhalese. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. These narrate Hindu legends and Puranic mythologies from the ShaivaVaishnava and Shakta traditions.

Vishnu Durga sculpture showing Vaishnavism-Shaktism fusion and the belief that Durga is Vishnu’s sister. Except for this temple, the old city of Gangaikonda Cholapuram — the capital of a powerful Asian empire for over two centuries along with its other major Chola-era Hindu temples have been completely destroyed, leaving a desolate place.

Archived from the original on 27 July The Chola Temple in Thanjavur was a testament to his greatness. When the yuvaraja wore the Chola crown in AD, he was the ruler over the entire Deccan.


The reasons for the city’s destruction are unclear. In his many novels he shows immense interest in enlightenment. Nov 23, Balaji Sundarrajan rated it it was amazing. To think of it, that village is now called Jayankondam.

Brihadisvara Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram – Wikipedia

The Chola empire was plagued by wars and rebellions. Apr 10, Aravindhan rated it really liked it. With the palace as the centre to the city, the great temple, and the other temples in the city seem to have been erected.

Aug 11, Harish rated it it was amazing. These are referred to collectively as the Great Living Chola Temples. The temple follows Saivite tradition and the temple priests perform kondx pooja rituals during festivals and daily basis.

Priests, ministers and bureaucrats walked hurriedly through the wide streets. One relief includes a most unusual portrait of a Hindu ruler who built the temple.

‘Gangaikonda Cholapuram’ – The City of the Chola who brought the Ganges.

Sacred texts, ritual traditions, arts, concepts. The upper levels repeat the lower level design in a rhythmic shrinking pattern. To view it, click here. Murugavelavan rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Retrieved 13 April — via High Beam. Nataraja dancing over the demon of ignorance.

The temple is on Highway 81 connecting Tiruchirappalli and Chidambaram. Islam in South Asia: He shifted the Chola capital from Thanjavur. The remains of the outer fortification can be seen as a mound running all around the palace.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The temple is open from 6: However, all of these were destroyed in late 13th and 14th centuries except the Brihadishvara temple.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram – Wikipedia

In addition to the main shrine, the temple complex has a number of smaller shrines, gopuraand other monuments, with some partially ruined or restored in later centuries.

Ganfai from the original on 27 November Muvar Ulaa treatise on the CherasCholas and Pandyas, provides a vivid account of the city and the temple. Manish Chandrasekaran rated it really liked it May 25, Not so good as Udayar.

The Chola Navy did not disappoint their king. He built a 22 km wide artificial lake near the city. Swathi ,onda rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Gangaikonda Cholpuram and the temple are mentioned in many of the contemporary works of the period like Muvar Ula and Kalingathuparani.

Archived from the original on 15 August