Chola: Tanjore. (Thanjavur) Brihadesvara Temple.
|Collections||Arthur Llewellyn Basham|
|Title:||Chola: Tanjore. (Thanjavur) Brihadesvara Temple.|
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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