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The Brihadeeswara temple at dusk, Thanjavur, India
06-JAN-2008 Jyothi Karthik Raja

The Brihadeeswara temple at dusk, Thanjavur, India

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This Brihadeeswarar Temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. The building that carries the main sanctum is known as the 'Periya Kovil'. Completed in early 11th century by Rajaraja 1 the temple also known as Rajarajesvaram and is remarkable for its stupendous proportions yet simple designs. It is for this reason that the temple along with the other Chola temples in the area has been inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a huge idol 23 feet in diameter and 9 feet in height is present inside. The 'Vimana' of the temple is about 70 meters and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. It is also built such that at no time does the shadow of the vimana fall outside itself.

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Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
1/15s f/4.5 at 34.0mm iso400 full exif

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Yiannis Pavlis12-Sep-2009 23:39
Amazing picture taken with a great point of view…
Guest 31-Dec-2008 05:20

Excellent capture and composition. Very nice!!

Rathika Ramasamy28-Jan-2008 10:27
Beautiful shot.
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