Thanjavur Palace462 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: East main road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-4362274476
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Museums, Museums, History Museums, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture , Fort, Specialty Museums
Built in the heart of the capital of the Cholas, is the beautiful Thanjavur Palace. Although most of the beauty is now turned into ruins due to the natural pressures of thunder, strong winds etc, it still seems to behold the glory of the Chola and the Maratha rulers. This palace is said to be the official resident of the Bhonsle family who were the last rulers of Thanjavur. This place is also known as Aranmanai.
The thanjavur Palace is said to have been built by the Thanjavur Nayak ruler Vijayaraghava Nayakkar. Later after their fall, it was again renovated by the Thanjavur Maratha rulers. They stayed in the palace and held the surrounding forts even after the deposition of the last king Sivaji II.
At present there are two forts namely, the Chinna Kottai (small fort) and Periya Kottai (big fort). There are also the Bell Tower, arsenal tower and the two durbar halls of the Nayaks and the Marathas. It is a famous tourist destination that attracts thousands of tourists annually. The rich culture of that era can be seen from the vast collection of antiques, images, paintings and scriptures here. The stone work resembling that of the Brihadeeswara Temple and the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple takes you back to the golden days of the Nayaks and the Marathas.
There are also bronze sculptures and other statues made of metals in the interiors of the palace. The several statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses make it clear that the early royals were very religious people.
The main attractions of this monument are the ancient art and glass paintings, especially the unique sculture of ‘bhikshatanamurti’. It is another form of Lord Shiva in the guise of a beggar.
In the palace, you will also find-
- The bell Tower which has seven storeys is said to have been even higher before has now eroded. It is believed that the Vijayaraghava Nayakkar used to worship from the terrace of this tower every day. Researchers have said that there was a huge clock on this tower with a motif of a monkey, which used to strike the gong every hour. The tower is fashioned in the Gingee nayak style.
- There is a library which houses several old scriptures and writings of that period. It is known as the saraswathi Mahal Library. The main attraction here is the Palm leaves and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages. There are also documents of medicines and inscriptions of the Sangam periods.
- The Royal Museum has a vast collection of royal clothing, headgears and royal weapons. There is also the image of Shiva and Parvati on their wedding day. There are also statues of Pallava, Chola, Nayaka and the Pandya Periods. Apart from these there are several statues of Hindu gods and Goddesses.
- The Art Gallery has a vast collection of various bronze statues and objects of the Chola dynasty. There are also bronze statues which stand as a symbol of the excellent craftsmanship of those days. The images and objects of the gallery clearly depict the lifestyle of the people in those times.
- The Sangitha Mahal is the remaining of the house of the Court musicians.
- The two Durbar halls stand in very good shape unlike the other parts of the palace. These two are the places in which the rulers used to gather for public meetings. The durbar halls are adorned with beautiful frescoes on the ceiling and the walls as well.
The whole palace is under renovation also to restore the remaining grandeur of it. But nonetheless you can enjoy your ride on the time machine as soon as you enter the palace.
Thanjavur Palace Travel Tips
- Photography is allowed without any extra charge.
- The place is well connected with all main road networks.
Thanjavur Palace Hours
- The best time to visit is between November and March.
How to Reach Thanjavur Palace
- Nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli
- Nearest railway station is Thanjavur
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91.86% of people who visit Thanjavur include Thanjavur Palace in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
92.16% of people start their Thanjavur Palace visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Thanjavur Palace
94.31% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Thanjavur Palace
Thanjavur Palace Reviews & Ratings
Except Art gallery which can be understandable to the concern people is good. Moreover they collect entry fee and parking fee are expensive. Nothing to see but you will pay and come back with sad face.
A historical place where you'll learn the history and culture of the Maratha Empire. Some places here needs restoration. The private exhibition is run by the royal family, if you have the time and eagerness you can visit since it costs only a little. Entry to the top of Bell tower is restricted.
It was good to see all the old structures and statues but there wasn't any history written anywhere about these buildings and statues so felt bored. They should develop at this area a lot.
Not maintained properly by the management and also entrance location is not updated.. when we searched in Google map it took us to some narrow road from which we cannot enter.
The premises is poorly maintained. Lot of carving by locals destroyed many antique art works. Sad to see the authorities are least bothered about preserving this monument. All they care is collecting the entry fees and parking fees. Sad!!!