The Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur
History of Brihadeeswarar Temple
On 29 April 2015, the Temple car was lunch with the deity’s idols on it. This is the first procession that has taken place in the past years. The Karuvarai which is translate “womb chamber”. Or sanctum sanctorum in English is the inner temple. Where Shiva deity is kept. Only the priests go into the womb chamber.
HOW THE CHOLA TEMPLES ARE CONSTRUCTED
The Brihadeeswarar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram
This temple is also a Hindu temple. Which is in Gangaikonda Cholapuram of Ariyalur District. In Tamil Nadu, south India. That is build by Rajendra Chola I, the son of Rajaraja in 1012-1044 CE. But a friend I interview said it 1035 AD through Dravidian Architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva too. Sometimes the people call it Gangaikonda Cholapuram.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE TWO BRIHADISVARA CHOLA TEMPLES
The Brihadisvara temple at Thanjavur was inaugurated by King Rajaraja I. in 985-1010 CE. While the Brihadisvara temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram was by Rajendra Chola I. The son of Rajaraja in 1012-1044 CE.
It is Vimanam meaning temple tower.
It is 3m (9.8 ft) smaller than the Thanjavur temple.
The Thanjavur temple has straight contours. While the Gangaikonda Cholapuram has concave contour.
The temple is smaller than the Thanjavur temple. This is because of the father to son hereditary.
The millennium celebrations of the coronation of the Emperor. The Rajendra Chola was celebrated for two days in July 2014 at the temple. While the Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur was for two days on 26 September 2010.
DIGNITY OF THE CHOLA TEMPLES
Do you know that the Cholas build a three temple in the south Indian. During their reign just to appreciate their Gods. And to show gratitude towards their loyalness. Some of which were named after themselves.
The temples describe the outstanding power. The wealth, imperial domain and religious strength of the Chola Kingdom. Although, the reign of Rajendra Chola I reduce the influence of Thanjavur. This is because a new city was build. The Gangaikonda Cholapuram and its capital was move there.
This temple is a Hindu temple. It was design by Dravidian Architecture of Darasum. Which is close to Kumbakonam town. That is in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. It was build by an Indian Emperor. Whose name is Rajaraja Chola II. However, in the 12th century CE. The temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Airavatesvara temple at Darasuram was buid by Rajaraja II in 1143-1173 CE. It is much smaller in size than the two temples. It is 24 m (80 ft) high, and small compare to this days temple. So it a dwarf compare to Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. Or the Rising Moon temple it new name, in Uttar Pradesh Mathura district. Let alone of Burj Khalifa tower with (2,722 ft). Or the new construction.
Airavatesvara Temple is highly spiritual. People who are sick come to bath in its sacre waters. The temple itself is a school of Art. With some exquisite stone carvings. The sanctum is in the form of a chariot. That is drawn by horses. Even the Pillars of the temple represent the socio-economic condition of the city. The temple is more pleasing, fine and exceptional. But it is smaller than the first two temple. It is use for a long lasting entertainment.