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Tourists Attractions In Tanjore

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Tourists Attractions in Tanjore

There are several tourist attractions in and around the city of Tanjore. Following are some most frequented tourist attractions.

  • Brihadeeswara Temple: Also known as Rajrajeswara Temple, Periya Kovil, and Rajarajeswararm etc; Brihadeeswara Temple is one of the largest temples in the country. Exhibiting the magnificent architectural beauty of Dravidian Architecture, it was built by the Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola I in 1010 AD, and in the year 2010, it became 1000 years old. It is the part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is also known as the ‘Great Living Chola Temple. The temple stands in the middle of the fortified walls. As the history unfolds; these walls were added in the 16th century. The height of the temple tower or Vimanan is 216 ft and the top structure Chikaram is carved out of an 80 ton single rock. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the statue of Nandi (secret bull) is also carved out of a single piece of rock. The entire structure of the temple is made of Granite stone sourced from Tiruchirappalli which is at a distance of about 60 KM from Tanjore.

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  • The Thanjavur Maratha Palace: It is also a highly frequented tourist destination in Tanjore. It is also known as the Thanjavur Maratha Palace and Aranmanai. It used to be the residence of the Bhonsle family that ruled over the region from 1674 to 1885. As the history reveals, the Martha Palace was originally constructed by the Nayaks rulers; however, it was the Maratha rulers that completed the construction of the structure. The huge corridors, big halls, bell towers and the shady courtyards are immensely captivating and marvelous. The palace also functions as  museum embracing several antique pieces concerning the royal remains, and the culture of the region.

  • Art Gallery: This is also one of the not-miss places in Tanjore. If you desire to have a glimpse over the glory of the Chola rulers; the huge collection of statues here would overwhelm your eyes and heart. There are about 250 bronze statues and about 150 statues made of stone and date back to the 9th and 12th century. The statues belong to various groups such as Rama-Lakshmana, Umasahita Shiva, Kali, and Bhariava etc. Also, you can view the scenic beauty of the entire city of Tanjore from a specific construction here in the this palace. However, the Art Gallery remains closed on holidays.

  • Saraswathi Mahal Library: Also known as the Serfoji Mahal Library, Saraswathi Mahal Library is one among the libraries across the globe that consist of the manuscripts of the medieval ages. The library was started by the Nayakas and it was fully developed by the Maratha rulers. Tanjore used to be the center of art and literature during the rule of the Nayakas and Marathas, and the evidences can be still found the in the library. However, most of the manuscripts are in Sanskrit, Tamil and some European languages. There are about 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts here. The Tamil treatises on medicine are also found here. This is also one of the few libraries that have the Ramayana written on palm leaves.

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  • Siva Ganga Garden: Located within the Vijayanagar Fort, the Siva Ganga Garden is one of the chief attractions in the Tanjore. It is located close to Thanjavur Palace and the Brihadeeswara Temple. There is a large square tank in the park, which is said to have been built by the Chola king Raja Raja Chola I. The miniature zoological garden, motorboating facilities, and the toy train etc are some fascinating features of the garden.

  • The Keelaperumpallam Temple: It is one of the Navagraha temples and is also known as Kethu Temple or Kethu Navagrahastalam. It is associated with Lord Kethu, and it is located at a distance of about 6 KM from Thiruvengaadu.

  • Vellai Puliar Temple: This is an ancient temple and is offered by the Temple Town of Tanjore. The main idol of the Lord Ganesha here is known as Vellai Puliar and the temple has been named after this idol. The highly intricate carvings and the architectural grandeur are very mesmerizing.

  • Schwartz Church: This church was constructed about 200 years ago by Rev. Schwartz. The church may not have much to fascinate through its artistic work, but the prayer service here on Sundays attracts a lot many devotees. It is operated by CSI Trichy-Tanjore diocese.

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  • Swami Malai Temple: Located in the vicinity of Tanjore, it is one of the most popular temples in Tanjore. This is considered to be the fourth temple of Aaru Padai Veedu.

  • Chandra Bhagwan Temple: Situated at a distance of about 25 km from Tanjore city, it is on the route of Thiruvaiyaru to Kumbakonam. It is a popular place of pilgrimage.

  • Our Lady of Sorrows Church: This church is also known as the Viagula Madha Church. In the whole of Tanjore district, this church is the oldest one.

There are hosts of temples in and around the city of Tajore. Also, there are many more attractions such as Punnainallur Mariamman Temple, Mercury Temple, Raaghu Temple, Thinagular Moon Temple and Sukkiran Temple, etc that immensely fascinate the tourists, and the pilgrims.

 

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