Tanjore - Thanjavur
- Tanjore- Land of Nataraja
The city of Tanjavore (Tanjore) was once the imperial capital of the
Chola Empire, which ruled South India, parts of Sri Lanka, and the
Maldives Islands for four centuries (900-1300 AD). The mighty Chola
kings were great patrons of art, music and literature. During their
reign, innumerable magnificent temples were constructed all over the
kingdom, including many imposing ones in and around their capital,
Tanjore. The splendid mark left by the Chola kings is still visible in
The art of sculpting elegant bronze idols was brought to perfection by the Chola kings. These exquisite sculptures point to the artistic passion fostered by the great kings. Nataraja, depicting Lord Shiva in a dance posture, is considered the most powerful icon cast in bronze under the Chola dynasty. Sadly, many valuable Chola bronze idols have been smuggled out of India to private museums around the world.
This cultural capital of ancient south has contributed immensely to the development of Carnatic music and the Bharata Natyam dance form. The unique and exquisite Tanjore paintings done in vibrant colors and adorned with semi precious stones, gold, silver, pearls, and glass beads, are an absolute treat to the eyes. Many tourists buy these paintings as a souvenir to remember their trip to this spectacular city. Lying in the fertile Cauvery River delta, the place is popularly known as the Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu.
- Place of Interest
The prime most attraction in Tanjore is the magnificent Brihadeeswara temple- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple was built by King Rajaraja Chola in the year A.D 1010, who also donated 60 bronze idols on completion. The temple, dedicated to lord Siva, has many smaller shrines within the sprawling complex and also boasts of a large number of beautiful frescos. The architectural grandeur of this temple stands as a reminder to the meticulous planning and attention to details that went into it during construction.
The Saraswathi Mahal library, one of the few surviving medieval libraries of the world, has one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient Oriental manuscripts. The Royal Museum, housed in the old palace buildings, houses a remarkable collection of South Indian sculptures and paintings. The imposing Schwartz church, built in the 18th century, gives a glimpse of the colonial past of the town.
Saraswathi Mahal Library
Palace ( Art Gallery , Hall of Music, Royal museum, Schwartz Church , Sharja Madi)
Rajarajan Mani Mandapam
Mariamman Temple (Punnai Nallur)
Nayak Durbar Hall Art Museum and Rajaraja Chola Museum
Sarabhoji Maharajas Fort
Rajagopal Arsenal Tower
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
Sacred Heart Cathedral Church
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
Trichy airport located at a distance of 65 km is the nearest Airport.
Well connected to all South Indian cities by rail.
Well linked through a network of roads with all major cities in Tamil Nadu.