Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple

Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple

The great temple of Tanjore is 1000 years old and is intact and undamaged as it was built just sixty years ago. Natural disasters, alien invasions, British occupation. This art treasure built by the Chola king stands motionless like a yogi who has faced so many struggles.

Many temples were built during the reign of the Chola kings but Rajaraja who is revered as the chief king of the proud Chola empires. Who created an era in the field of temple construction to the extent that all the neighboring kings were astounded.

Rajaraja inscribed on the walls of the temple all the details of those. Who were instrumental in the formation of the temple, not only how he came up with the idea of building this amazing temple.

The Tanjore Big Temple is built of stones weighing about one lakh 40 thousand tons. Which means that according to today’s calculations about 50,000 lorry would have to be used to add one place.

But when there were no mountains around the city of Tanjore, the explorers’ attention was drawn to where they had brought so many stones.

Gunnandarko area southwest of Tanjore The stones found in the Tanjore. Great Temple were of the same type as the stones found in the area of Gunnandarko. And the river drains in all three directions of Tanjore except the southwest direction located in Gunnandarko.

Researchers are of the firm belief that King Rajaraja would have brought the rocks from here and built the temple. As the temple area is the closest place to Tanjore compared to other places. Choosing the south-westerly direction slightly higher than Tanjore.

It is astonishing how thousands of tons of stones were brought to the temple site from Gunandarko, about 25 kilometers from Tanjore.

Elephant Force

Inscriptions, meanwhile, indicate that the elephant army was well versed and that he sat on the elephant and encountered the battlefield. So researchers believe that Rajaraja brought such large stones and built the temple with the power of his elephant forces.

The biggest challenge must have been to lay the foundation for the temple to support the stone, which weighed one lac 40,000 tons. But the temple tower stood majestically for more than a thousand years because it was done so meticulously and efficiently.

Since the large temple was under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India. The foundation was buried without any details as to how deep the foundation was dug and with what material it was built.

But the secret of the foundatA deep well was dug about 100 feet away from the sanctum sanctorum at the temple premises in 2010 to mark the 1000th anniversary of the Tanjore Big Temple. ion of the temple has come to light to some extent recently.

During the three days of work, there was no noise as usual when digging a deep well. Everyone was amazed to see that three lorries of sand had come out of the excavation instead of water.

However, architects objected to the digging of a deep well on the temple premises, and the work was halted. The dug well was closed but the explorers knew the secret of how the temple foundation was formed.

Sand Bed

This temple is said to been built on a bed of river sand on the basis of a hereditary foundation. First they make an ebony tank-like structure and then fill the tank with sand.

If sand is dumped in a deep tank, the sand will not move out of the tank except in the event of an earthquake. While the sand will accept all the vibrations and withstand any damage to the building on which it is placed.

This expertise was used to lay the foundations of the great temple of Tanjore. Surprisingly, in order to lay the foundation according to this method. The researchers estimate that it must have been filled with twice as much sand as the weight of the building being built. And then about one crore cubic feet of sand would have been dumped under the temple.

Similarly, the sand used for the foundation is not the sand of the Thanjavur region. The researchers believe that the sand in the Thanjavur area is the lower sand of the plain Cauvery river but three times larger than that found under the temple, and that the sand may have been brought from the Western Ghats by flowing into the mountains and into the forests.

Similarly the sanctum sanctorum of the temple is very unique. The tower of the temple has 13 levels. The top of the tower is 26 feet wide and 26 feet long. At that site are nine graha with a 16-foot-high peak and a 12-foot-tall urn on top of the peak, but the interior of the 216-foot-high tower with 13 levels is left empty.

That is to say, the inner panel of the tower is set up in the same way as if a horn had been turned upside down. It is not without reason that King Rajaraja built such an amazing structure that is not found in any other temple.

The construction of the sanctum sanctorum of a temple is specified in the Agama Shastra. Mentioned that although many temples are large in size, the vibrations coming from the statue of the Lord in the sanctum sanctorum, which can be carried by the devotees, should go and join the people who are marching in front of the gate without any damage.

No holes are placed in the sanctum sanctorum . The Tanjore Great Temple Sanctuary is different from this structure. The lingam in the temple headquarters is 13 feet high. The inner nest of the temple tower is to be built without any separate sanctum sanctorum for the idol.

Foreigners also allowed in Thanjavur temple

Railways :

The closest railway station is Thanjavur Railway Station which is (1.9 Kms) from Brihadeeswarar Temple.

Road Methods :

Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple is (1 Kms) from Thanjavur Old Bus Stand, (5.2 Kms) fromThanjavur New bus stand,

This is a feature that we cannot see in any other temple. How can we continue to recount the wonders and wonders of the great temple of Tanjore.

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