"Another great Temple city" Thanjavur by cadzand
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Coming from Madurai, we are now travelling north, on our way to Thanjavur (Tanjore).
The enormous gopurams of the Brihadeshwara Temple dominate Thanjavur. The temple itself, between the Grand Anicut Canal and the old town is surrounded by fortified walls and a moat. The old town too, used to be similarly enclosed, but most of the walls have now disappeared. What remains, are winding streets and alleys and the extensive ruins of the palace of the Nayakas of Madurai.
It was the ancient capital of the Chola kings whose origins, go back to the beginning of the Christian era. Power struggles between these groups were a constant feature of their early history, with one or other gaining the ascendancy at various times.
Up and away to our next stop : Tiruchirappalli, also called Trichy
Here a detail from a godd's statue. At one of the several gates at the Brihadeshwara temple an elephant is waiting to... more travel advice
There is a massive Nandi at the portals of the temple. It is the second largest monolithic Nandi in the country. There... more travel advice
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