Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Thanjavur is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Thanjavur a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Thanjavur.
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Membalam Road, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001
06:00 am - 09:00 pm
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 y...
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East main road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
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...
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Poompuhar Art Gallery, Thanjavur railway Station, Tamil Nadu- 613001
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Also known as the Silappathikara Art Gallery, it is the house of all traditional and ancient paintings and sculptures of the ancient kings and lifestyle of Thanjavur. It is an introduction to Tamil Nadu’s rich art forms.
The various attractions in this gallery are:
The beautiful structure of the sun peeping out behind the stunning Mahabalipur...
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Cholapuram, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu-613001
06:30 am - 08:30 pm
Gangaikonda Cholapuram, which means “the town of the Chola who took the Ganges”, is just at the centre of the city of Tamil Nadu. The tiny village of Gangaikonda Cholapuram was built by Emperor Rajendra Chola, who was the Son of RajarajaChola. He was most successful Chola ruler and this village was the capital of the kingdom. At the tim...
This temple is said to be a 1000 years old or even more than that. There is no proper evidence of when it was formed but there are many proofs of the Chola kings worshipping in this temple. Legendary story behind this temple is that Bhoomadevi approached Perumal and said that she also deserved a place in his heart as she was nothing less than Mahal...
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Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
05:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Airavateswara temple is located in a small place called Darasuram near the town of Kumbakonam. It is known that the original name of the place was Rajarajapuram and later converted into Darasuram. This temple is the main attraction of this place.
According to the legends, Airavata, the white elephant of Lord Indra worshipped Lord Shiva here to ...
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Tirukoodamukku, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
06:00 am - 08:30 pm
It is said that when the world was moving rapidly towards destruction, Lord Brahma approached Lord Shiva for a remedy. The lord told him to build a pot filled with nectar of life and float it in water. He is said to have taught Lord Brahma the way how to leave it on water. Legends say that the pot stopped at a place and Lord Shiva shot an arrow to ...
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Arulmigu Abathsahayeswarar Temple, Alangudi- 612801, ValangaimunTaluk, Thiruvarur District
06:00 am - 08:30 pm
The Alangudi temple is considered as a holy place for the worship of Shiva. It is situated in the Alangudi village of the Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu.
The temple built on the banks of River Cauvery is also known as Abathsahayeswarar Temple. The prime deity here is Abathsahayeswarar and his consort is Elavar kuzhali Ammai or Umayammai. There i...
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Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
06:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Great Living Chola temple is referred to the collection of three famous granite temples all dedicated to Lord Shiva. These are the Brihadeeshwara temple in Thanjavur, The Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple and the Airavateshvara temple at Darasuram. The latter two were recently added to the world heritage extensions.
These temples built during...
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Arulmigu Mahalingaswamy Temple, Thiruvidaimarudur- 612104, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
05:30 am - 10:00 pm
This place is known of one of the sacred places on which the drops of the nectar of life fell from the magic pot of Lord Brahma when Lord Shiva hit the arrow. This is how the Shivalinga was formed here. The four other places are- Tirudharasuram, Naganathar temple, Tiruvorgam, Tirupadalavanam.
The prime deity here is Lord Shiva and his consort calle...
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Inathukkanpatti, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
It was originally known as ‘Navaratnamana maina Nataka Sala’. This tongue twisting name means ‘the thatre adorned with gems’. It was so called as the interiors of this hall were all decorated with precious gemstones. It was built many many years ago by the Nayak king, Sevappa Nayak during the 1600s. Later, when the Marathas ...
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Balaganapathynagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613007
06:00 am - 07:00 pm
Thanjavur was originally the kingdom of the Chola kings and the nayaks. Later after the fall of this kingdom the Marathas took over and ruled this place for more than 180 years. Within this time there was the entry of the British eho started rising in power but were then defeated by the French colonials in the 18th century. The wealth was overflowi...
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Viswanathan Colony, Solaiappan Street, Kumbanokam, Tamil Nadu- 612001
07:00 am - 08:00 pm
This temple is built around the Mahamaham tank in the town of Kumbakonam. Legends say that this temple dates back to the time of Ramayana. It is said that Lord Rama worshipped Shiva when Ravana captured Sita. Lord Shiva is said to have gifted lord Rama with supernatural strength and energy in him to win a war against the evil Ravana. This is the pl...
This temple was built under the instructions of King Raghunata nayaka, who was a great devotee of Lord Rama. The work was supervised by his minister Govinda Dikshitar. This temple is linked by a pathway with the Chakrapani temple which was also built by Dikshitar.
According to the pages of History, King Dasaratha was very disappointed as he had no ...