Thanjavur (formerly Tanjore), like other places in Tamil Nadu, brims with a sort of temple atmosphere. Its a magnificient feeling that’s difficult to be put in words. The city was the seat of the Chola kings. The most prominent presence in the city is the Brihadeeswara temple or the Big Temple. It stands proof for the level of skill and knowledge the Cholas possessed in architecture and sculpture.
Magnificient, also is the amazing detail and intricacy in each bit of sculpture, as much as a huge statue of Nandi facing the main temple. The statues – Nataraj and other deities – are like the perfect harmony of aesthetic beauty and magnificentness. You wouldn’t be sure what is spell binding – the beauty of the sculpture or an amazing texture-puzzle that it forms. They are also proof to the wonderful grid systems and sculpture rules that the temple artisans were masters of (other links – 1 | 2)
Walking around in the town is also a pleasure – bright colours, simple lives and people, lot of flower shops, small eating outlet with awesome dosa-idli-sambhar (You find awesome food almost everywhere in Tamil Nadu)
Reaching there: I had taken the overnight bus from Bagalore to Tanjore. The buses going to Velankanni passes through Thanjavur.
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