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Friday, December 08, 2006




  Thanjavur Brahadhiswara Temple


Photographs by Mrs. Usha Kris

Water Spout Bringing out Offerings

The artistically done water spout carried the offerings to Shiva out to the Northern corridor near the Chandikeswara shrine. The story goes that Shiva was so impressed by Chandikeswara's love for him, that he promised half of all his offerings to his devotee. This story shows the amount of respect shown for devotees for Shiva in Indian culture. The temple has extensive rain water harvesting facilities.

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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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