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Marvel at the amazing Architecture of Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

Brihadisvara Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to Lord Shiva in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. This is one of the grandest, most glorious, and largest temples in South India and is popularly known as the Big Temple. It is a perfect illustration of the great heights achieved in architecture during ancient times. Inside the temple, there is a temple tower famous as Vimana among devotees and tourist. Vimana is one of the tallest temple towers on earth, which is believed to be constructed out of carving a single stone.

1 Review
From Tanjore
Online Experience
1 Hour 30 Minutes
India
Upto 10 people
English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
Highlights
  • Real-time, interactive experience streamed live from the Brihadisvara Temple complex
  • Examine beautiful rock carvings and paintings depicting religious tales that adorn the temple walls
  • Interesting facts such as how the famous temple tower and Mahalingam were each carved from a single stone
Description

This live-streamed, interactive Online Experience will take you to the Brihadisvara Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Lord Shiva in Thanjavur, formerly known as Tanjore, in Tamil Nadu, India. This is one of the grandest, most glorious, and largest temples in South India and is popularly known as the Big Temple; a perfect illustration of the great heights achieved in architecture during ancient times. Inside the temple, stands the famous Vimana temple tower, one of the tallest in the world and believed to have been carved out of a single rock.

Your guide will begin the tour by telling you the fascinating story of how the great temple was built: there is no binding material, only interlocking stone, and the construction involved the forced labour of thousands of captive elephants. You will get to admire the temple entrance which is adorned with a beautiful sculpture of Lord Shiva and Parvati. 

Moving inside, we will first witness a huge sculpture of Nandi (the Gate Guardian of Shiva), also carved out of a single piece of stone. According to local legend, this stone has grown in size over time and history, and continues to do so today.

Next, we will see the Mahalingam—the stone on top of the tower—and discuss the local legends surrounding how this huge stone structure was brought to such height at top of the temple. We will also get to admire the high wall surrounding the temple alongside the entrance adorned with beautifully preserved stone structures. There are elaborate paintings across the walls of the temple too, which we will also explore.

Finally, we will see the Parvati Temple and inspect the story of Mahashivratri as depicted on the beautifully painted and carved temple walls. Depending on the time of our visit, we may also get to also witness a live prayer ceremony at this temple.

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 25 USD per screen OR as a private session for 80 USD for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Selvam Maruthamuthu

I am a Tamil Nadu government trained tour guide and have been guiding tourists since 2007. I am also a retired government school teacher and did an MA in Temple Architecture from Thanjavur Tamil University. From morning to evening, I love showing people around the scenic sites of Thanjavur.

Tour Reviews
  • Nathan Alexander

    Great tour.
    The guide was keen to make sure he tailored the tour to us, was very knowledgeable and very friendly.
    It felt as close to actually being there as possible.

From USD 25 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.