• The great Brihadeeshwarar Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu - Brahmin Matrimony

    Posted on 5/16/18 1:47 PM | Category :Architecture


    The great Brihadeeshwarar Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
    Brihadeeswarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Rajarajeswara temple, rajarajeswaram, peruvudayar temple or periya kovil.

    This 1000 years old Dravidian architecture temple was built by Raja Raja Chola. The temple construction started in the year 985 ad and was completed in the year 1010 CE.

    The main temple is entirely built of granite. More than 130,000 tons of granite is said to have been used to build it.

    The most surprising fact is that there is neither a mountain or rock hill for approximately 60 kilometres around Thanjavur.

    How did Raja Raja bring the heavy rocks here to construct this temple?

    It is said that 3000 elephants were used to bring these stones from far.

    The Brihadeeshwara temple is built using the puzzle technique(interlocking), which means the stone blocks were arranged one over the other.

    No plasters or adhesives, cement were used to fix the stones. Eventually, there are no adhesives between the two stones.

    The temple tower (vimanam) is 216 ft high and is one of the tallest in the world.

    The kumbam weighs around 81 tonnes, which is carved out of a single rock.

    A 6 km ramp was made to lift the 81 tonnes kumbam to place on top. With the help of labourers, elephants, horses, the kumbam was placed on top.

    The garbhagriha where the Shiva lingam is located is said to generate a large amount of electromagnetic energy.


    The 80 tonne stone acts a repulsive force and channels the energy to the inner areas of the temple to sustain its piousness and divinity.

    There is a big statue of nandi, carved out of a single rock measuring about 16 ft long and 13 ft high at the entrance

    There is a huge hollow above the Shiva Linga which makes it even more magnificent as to how the load balancing happened. The temple even survived 6 earthquakes.