Brihadeeshwara Temple

Currently Open [Closes at 09:00 pm]
  • Address: Membalam Road, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-4425383333
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Architecture

Brihadeeshwara Temple - Review

Emperor Arulmozhivarman, popularly known as Raja Raja I was the founder of the magnificent Brihadeeswara Temple. History says that the king got the idea of this temple in a dream in which God instructed him to build the temple as a symbol of the grandeur of the Tamil king, his wealth and culture. The temple was built within a very short time of 5 years. The king wanted it to be a symbol of his power and vision.

The temple was then the place where all the royal ceremonies would take place, especially festivals of Lord Shiva. This temple is the perfect example of Indian culture, especially the ancient Chola designs. The architecture is broadly based on symmetric and geometrical patterns. This can be seen from the number of columns and square motifs build within the temple. This Dravidian temple is a showcase of brilliant achievements of the Chola Empire in the fields of architecture, sculpture, painting and bronze casting.

According to scriptures, the very talented engineer and architect behind this monument was Kunjara Mallan Raja Raja Perunthechan. He made all the designs based on the studies of ‘vaastushastra’. This temple made of granite has-

  • A solid base on which stands Shiva figures in various dance postures.
  • To enhance the beauty of this temple, there is a big roof portion which is said to have been built with a single piece of stone.
  • The upper portion of the temple is designed with 81 structures of Bharatnatyam dancers, the classical dance of Tamil Nadu.
  • The goddess shrine was later constructed by the Pandyas, the Subramanya Shrine by Vijaynagara rulers and the Vinayaka Shrine by Maratha rulers. The ‘Nandi’ or the famous statue of the bull is an important attraction here.
  • The temple was built like a fortress with an exclusive design. The structures here are aligned in a decreasing order of height.
  • The complex has two different entrances, one big and another is small.
  • The main tower is huge in size. It has beautiful art and scriptures inscribed on it.
  • The shortest tower or ‘vimana’ has an unusual design unlike the other taller ones.
  • The main temple is at the centre of the open quadrangle area. There are statues, an assembly hall and a pillared hall.
  • The most important hall is the innermost one. This is divided into levels with sharp crafts. The statues of important icons of that time are sculpted on the walls here. The ceiling also is decorated with mesmerizing paintings.
  • Beneath the hall there is another room which is said to be the worship place of Lord Shiva.
  • The outer path leads to another hall which comprises of rectangular rooms with as many as 20 columns.
  • The outer gateway is adorned with 400 pillars with stunning paintings.
  • The whole temple has beautiful Chola frescoes on the walls around. There are portraits of Shiva in action, battles of Gods and Demons, the stories of the white heavenly elephants and other kings also.

The prime deity here is Lord Shiva and the other temples are for huge figure of Gods such as Dakshinamurthy, Surya and Chandra. This is the only temple which has the idols of the ‘gods of Directions’ namely- Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirti, Varuna, Vayu, Kuber and Isana.

Brihadeeshwara Temple Information

  • Visit as early as possible because it gets crowded.
  • Other Contact: +91 25360294
  • Entry to the innermost hall is strictly prohibited for people other than priests of the temple.
  • Photography is allowed without any extra charge.
  • People treat the day of the ruling star every month to be holy here.
  • The annual festival is held in May every year in which people bathe their deities in fragrant water. It is an amazing sight.
  • The best time to visit the temple is between the months of October and March. The weather is pleasant during this time.
  • The place is very well connected with all major roadways of Trichi, Chennai, Kumbakonam, Pudukkottai, Tirunelveli, Karur, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore and Erode.

Brihadeeshwara Temple Ticket Prices

  • There is a special ticket of Rs. 5.00 on Sundays for speedy entry.

How To reach Brihadeeshwara Temple by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli Airport
  • The nearest railway station is Thanjavur railway station

Restaurants Near Brihadeeshwara Temple

  • Sathar’s
  • Raja’s Curry
  • Mohal Biryani
  • Thevar’s Biryani
  • Mullai

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TripHobo Highlights for Brihadeeshwara Temple

  • Brihadeeshwara Temple Address: Membalam Road, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India
  • Brihadeeshwara Temple Contact Number: +91-4425383333
  • Brihadeeshwara Temple Timing: 06:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Brihadeeshwara Temple Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Brihadeeshwara Temple(preferred time): 06:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit Brihadeeshwara Temple: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Thanjavur include Brihadeeshwara Temple in their plan

  • 48.03% of people start their Brihadeeshwara Temple visit around 06 AM - 07 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Brihadeeshwara Temple

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

90.47% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Brihadeeshwara Temple

People normally club together Shiva Ganga Garden and Great Living Chola Temples while planning their visit to Brihadeeshwara Temple.

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Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur Reviews

  • More than 1000 years old temple is great treat for those who love the architecture. It is located in the centre of the city. Everything here is humongous in size be it size of Nandi or Temple . There are many beautiful Murals on the wall and roof. It's very difficult to walk on the tiled during afternoon time and hence they painted some route with white color which will be much cooler than remaining area. Also one can see many old inscriptions on the pillars and walls. The place is neat, clean and well maintained. Visiting in the morning or evening is best time. Please like 👍 if the review was useful to you.

  • One of the best Lord Shiva Temple. Proud to be an Indian. Only in India you can get such architecture. Excellent. It is built in early 11 Century & now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The main temple dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva is carved out of single granite rock, which weighs around 80 tons & has a bulbous structure on the top. The temple tower is 66 meters high.Facing the temple is a big statue of Nandi(Sacred Bull) again carved out of single rock ,measuring 16 feet long & 13 feet high. People visit from all over the world to see and pay respects.

  • FOR PILGRIMAGE : Such a devoted place for lord Shiva, a must visit place for anyone who loves visiting temple. FOR ARCHITECTURES : So magnificent, anyone who love architecture and loves seeing wonder, definitely this is a place for you. FOR RESEARCH : If you are a researcher sure you do know more than me. Don't hesitate to come here. It got some serious blend of Architecture, History and Culture. So much to learn and see in this place. வாழ்க தமிழ்.

  • If one gets the opportunity to visit this absolutely stunning temple, I would encourage them to do so. Words are not adequate to describe the beauty that has been carved into each stone/facade. The top stone (where the kalasam sits) is a single piece weighing 81 tonnes. The inside is hollow (imagine an upside down ice cream cone). It would not be a stretch to think if the stone was taken atop and then carved or carved on the ground risk the transport and set on top. The math and structural engineering that must have gone into making this temple is mind boggling. The stones used are not native to this area and we're transpored via barge up the river. Furthermore, the temple was completed in under ten years. With all the technological improvement we have today, I doubt if we can build such a beautiful structure. I only wish that we are able to preserve this temple and let our future generations enjoy this for the next thousand years. I also encourage every visitor (visiting the temple for religious purposes or not) to be please be mindful of the reverence of this place. If we all do our part of keeping it clean, we will enjoy this incredible temple for a very long time. If my review helped, please press the like icon on this review.

  • Amazing, what a structure. Such a spiritual place with an attractive and elegant looks would certainly pull every individual and won't let leave the premises so easily. You would definitely leave with great memories and a promise of visiting again

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