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Friday, December 08, 2006




  Thanjavur Brahadhiswara Temple


Photographs by Mrs. Usha Kris

Soldiers Around the Vimanam

The Vimanam is lined with miniature horsemen in different battle scenes and most very unique. This shows that the Cholas had an advanced cavalry and were aware of different modes of warfare using horses. Also seen are different weapons such as swords, spears, and pikes carried by cavalry indicating that they were used for charging through, pursuing broken, and breaking through enemy formations.

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Fact File

Getting There

  • By Air: Nearest Airport is Tiruchirappalli - distance 54 km - Indian Airlines flies of Chennai (Rs.1,766) Thiruvanthapuram (Rs.1,765) and Kozhikode (Rs.1,875) fares are subject to change.

  • By Rail: From Chennai to Thanjavur Rockfort Exp. from Egmore Station in Chennai

Where to Stay 

  • Hotel Gnanam  Ph. 04362 - 278501 - Rs. 600 - 2,250

  • Hotel Oriental Towers Ph.04362 - 230850, 231461 - Rs.1,100 - 2700 - www.hotelorientaltowers.com,

  • Hotel Tamil Nadu TTDC Ph. 04362 - 231325 - Rs.550

  • Hotel Sangam Ph.04362 - 236695 - Rs.1,800 - 2900

  • Hotel Parisutham  Ph. 231801 - Rs.1,700 - 5,400 - www.hotelparisutham.com.

Where to Eat

  • Ananda Bhavan Veg. 

  • Swagath Non-veg on Gandhiji Road

  • Coffee Palace on Elaiamman Kovil Street

What to See

  • The Brihadeeswara Temple

  • Museum in the Temple premises

  • Palace Complex: Art Gallery

  • Sarasvati Maha Library

Where to shop

  • R. Govindarajan on Kuthirakatti Street for collectables, Swaminathan's opposite Thanga Sarada Nursing Home for Thanjavur Paintings.

  • Thanjavur Veenai, Tanjore Plate, and Thalai Aatti Bommai (Thanjavur shaking head doll) are famous crafts of this area.


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