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Chola: Tanjore. (Thanjavur) Brihadesvara Temple.

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Title: Chola: Tanjore. (Thanjavur) Brihadesvara Temple.
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Chola, Pandya, etc.;architecture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Built by Rajaraja the Great about 1000. Consists of a high, square vimana, standing on a cella with two storeys. The vimana has 13 storeys, is 236' high, with a base measuring 79' on each side. The dome must have been constructed out of a single block of stone weighing 80 tons, and brought into position by means of a ramp, 6 miles long. The temple lies in the middle of a courtyard. There are two entrance porches. A mandapa was built in front of the vimana in 15th C. Between the sanctuary and entrance is a sanctuary consecrated to Nandin, Siva's bull. The storeys of the vimana are decorated with pavilions and models of buildings, surmounted by a structure related to the kudu, but which assumes the shape of a peacock's tail. The two storeys of the base of the vimana are well decorated.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1844


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