Among the many temples they built, the most important one is Thanjavur Brihadeeswara Temple, built by Rajaraja Cholan, the Great Chola king. The temple, dedicated to Nandi, the Bull is a masterpiece of the captivating Chola architecture. The mount of Lord Shiva i.e. Nandi has been made from a single granite rock.
Thanjavur Brihadeeswara Temple is an example for the Architectural Masterpiece of Chola Rule in South India, and is unique to have the tallest tower (216 ft) over the sanctum sanctorum unlike the other temples.
The Temple, made over a 29 m square base, is surrounded by moat on two sides and Grand Anaicut river on the other side. The compound within its inner wall measures about 500 feet x 250 feet. The walls of the sanctum are adorned with the wall paintings of Chola and Nayak periods. Photo courtesy: badrri
The temple and has a soaring vimana and a stunted gopuram. The inner sanctum and the gopuram were constructed over a period of 12 years. It was constructed from a single piece of granite weighing around 80 tonnes.
Among the many other temples built by the Chola Kings, the temple at Gangaikondacholapuram is also very famous.
Bragatheeswarar Temple,also known as Rajarajesvaram Temple, is the landmark of Thanjavur.
Bragatheeswarar Temple is a great tourist destination. It is one of the few great Indian monuments listed in UNESCO's World Heritage list of historical sites and monuments..