Big Temple & Horse Dance
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Thanjavur is known as Tamil Nadu`s "rice bowl" and is a vibrant cultural centre.
Today we went to see the Brihadeeswara Temple also popularly known as the 'Big Temple' in Thanjavur
The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples". The 'Vimana' or the temple tower is 216 ft high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. It was so designed that the Vimana never casts a shadow at noon at any magnificent temples as well as exquisite bronze sculptures part of the year. This is to avoid people walking on the shadow as per Indian culture no valuable things should be stepped by human foot.
There a single granite stone of about 80 tonnes positioned at the top of the tall tower to make it stable against all natural calamities due to its height
This temple is magnificent and it is the greatest glories of Chola architecture.
Then we visited the Royal Palace.
The Palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built around 1550 AD which has been bit neglected.
The Palace has number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period in the art gallery. In another section of the Palace is the library with over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in India and European languages are preserved. It was all very interesting to know all the history about the rulers, art.
In the evening after our Banquet dinner in hotel we watched the lady and man doing a horse dance
This dance definitely needs lot of practise and skill. Both the dancers performed with great skill and we really enjoyed the horse dance.