Thanjavur Temple & Chola secrets
Before 1000 years, the beautiful Tanjore city was the capital of the Chola Emperors. The Tanjore Brihadeeswarar temple is the Cholas’ finest among all their architectural marvels. The temple was created by the great Raja Raja Chola, who was a devotee of Lord Shiva as well as Dravidian arts and architecture.
Despite the fact that several investigations were conducted to learn the truth behind the temple’s construction, all of them were futile.
The Tanjore temple is an example sign of a Chola dynasty city, with over a hundred underground corridors going to various locations. These underground passageways go to the king’s palace, other temples, key locations around Tanjore, and a variety of other locations. The most enigmatic aspect of these tunnels is that certain passages lead to dangerous areas, and because the tunnel map is unknown, all of them are blocked. Historians believe it was a safety trap set by Raja Raja Chola.
The stone on the top
The top most stone on the main gopuram of Periya koil’s Raja Gopuram is a single stone weighing 80 tons. Because the temple was erected before technology such as cranes, rope cars, and escalators were accessible, the technique employed by the Cholas to move the bulk stone towards the summit of the gopuram remains unknown even now.
Another architectural feat of the Raja Gopuram is that the tower’s shadow does not fall on the ground. The geometrical architecture is flawless, and it was formed thousands of years ago with perfect balance, withstanding natural and political phenomena.
216 feet Vimana
The primary tower is hollow, and the stones are interlaced without any binding substance, standing strong in their weight. Another wonder is the 216-foot hollow tower, which has an ideal equilibrium and balance despite all natural calamities in 1000 years.
There is also a little stairway above the principal deity that goes to the upper level of the tower. The heavenly vibration provides an eternal experience when the mantra OM is uttered inside the hollow space.
Tanjore is a lush red soil location with no evidence of granite stones, nevertheless the temple was built entirely with the world’s toughest granites. The ancient Cholas’ mode of conveyance is still unknown. Furthermore, the sculpting motifs and holes on the stones are far too sophisticated to be created using the copper or iron chisels utilised during those times.
The extraordinarily high-quality murals at the Tanjore large temple unambiguously demonstrate the Chola kingdom’s artistic prowess during the Raja Raja Chola period. Even after 1000 years, the colours of the paintings remain vibrant and robust.
During the Raja Raja Cholan dynasty, the Nandhi statue grew in size. It may perhaps be due to the unusual weather conditions, and to curb its development, it was set aside and affixed to the ground. The existing monument in front of Lord Shiva, on the other hand, is a single stone statue donated by Maratha emperors between the 17th and 19th centuries.