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Tanjavore : Land of Art and Architecture

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Once upon a time some one told me , that he had a crappy mobile camera and was not able to take good pictures. Maybe you are thinking why am I saying that here in this post.

I travelled to Tanjore / Thanjavur 3 years ago and I didn't have the so-called professional camera or DSLR with me at that time. All I had was a 3.2 MP mobile camera;  'Samsung Wave'. It is my favourite camera till today. I really miss the hassle free, quick clicking, I miss the 'risky' shots I used to take from trains and buses 😉 That phone had a dedicated button for camera function. Everything was pretty easy and quick.

So here I am sharing my early travel memories and travel pictures taken using a 3.2MP mobile camera and trying to prove a point that it is not necessary to have a great camera to create a good picture.

Thanjavur

This place is the land of breath-taking art and even more breath-taking architecture. The most popular destination within Tanjore is the Brihadeeswarar Temple. It is one of the largest temples in India.  As a recognition to the  stunning Chola architecture, UNESCO has declared this place as World Heritage Site . So Brihadeeswarar Temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples".

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First glimpse of Tanjore Architecture

Second Glimpse of Thanjavur ;)

Second Glimpse of Thanjavur 😉

As I reached very early in the morning, there wasn't so many people. There are many advantages of reaching early at any popular  tourist destinations. Fewer people, Neat pictures, golden light of golden hours, good photographs, more peaceful atmosphere. These are some of the advantages to mention.

Lets go inside and get some better pictures.

Welcome to Thanjavur

Welcome to Thanjavur

The land of breath taking architecture

The land of breath taking architecture

And intricate designs..

And intricate designs..

..carved on Granite

..carved on Granite

Now you have some idea why it is one of the World heritage sites.  This temple was built in 1010 AD by Raja raja Chola, the Chola king of that time.

What makes it such an architectural marvel?

The vimanam (or temple tower) is 216 ft (66 m) high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kumbam (Kalasha or Chikharam, the apex or the bulbous structure on the top) of the temple is carved out of a single rock and it weighs around 80 tons"

Sunlight kissed Thanjavur temple

Sunlight kissed Thanjavur temple

The temple is said to be made up of about 60,000 tons of sandstone and granite.

Another view

You can see how detailed the designs are!

The Kumbam itself, a 60 ton granite stone carved in one piece, on top of the main gopuram is believed to have been taken to the top by creating an inclined slope to the height of 66m to the top of the gopuram. Elephants might have been used to drag the stone up the slope.

You can see the pillars from this picture. One pillar is one piece of  granite block! Also you can see the shadows .There is something peculiar about this temple regarding shadows.

"Another widely held belief is that the shadow of the gopuram (pyramidal tower usually over the gateway of a temple) never falls on the ground. This is only part of the gopuram, which does not cast a shadow that fall on the ground, at least not within the temple premises which is an architectural amazement in the world of architecture."

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Nandi

The prime deity of the Brihadeeswarar Temple is Shiva.

Also  there is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high.

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Breath taking architecture, peaceful atmosphere and a different tone and ambience due to the granite structure. That is what Tanjore for me. Lets see some more random pictures from Tanjore.

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This place is well maintained. It looked nice and clean. The landscaping and beautification were going on when I visited the place. Anyway it looked great.

Beautiful Thanjavur

Beautiful Thanjavur

Thankfully it was a bright sunny day and it made the entire place more beautiful.

Standing tall

Standing tall

And before leaving we saw 'the blessing elephant'

This elephant will bless you, if you pay the man standing next to it ;)

This elephant will bless you, if you pay the man standing next to it 😉

Before leaving, one last shot of this architectural marvel

Thanjavur : The architectural Marvel

Thanjavur : The architectural Marvel

Some more posts from this same travel series coming next. Hope you will like the Phonography.

All the quotes are from Wikipedia.

All pictures are taken by Trablogger using his  Mobile camera 😉 Please contact for approval, if you would like to use them for any purpose

 

Written by : Trablogger
Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.
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shubhammansingka
3 years ago

WOW! I am having a lovely time browsing through your travelogues from South India.

I used to listen in awe tales from the truck drivers, who carried our business products to Thanjavur. I must set out for a long road trip one of these days 🙂

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themissiontomars
5 years ago

Am glad indeed that i can make you happy 🙂
Definitely you have a way too in sending smiles back to me and at this moment, being inspiring me in capturing some maiden-shots too 🙂
Thanks for being so nice Captain <3

themissiontomars
5 years ago

Can I say I liked it? I loved it completely. Waah!! How you bring out the hidden beauty? Its amazing and so perfect and that too using just your "mobile-phone". Brilliant effort and indeed a perfect one. Am falling for your eyes i guess 😛
Your inspiration has sparked me to try some on my way too 🙂
Best wishes ahead Captain, wish you all the luck and happiness 🙂 🙂

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablog

Your shots seem so alive!!

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Waah!! Captain praising my sight too 😛 Thanks for citing Captain my eyes apparently start seeming more beautiful now 😀 <3

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablog

Hehehehe 🙂

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablogger

😀 though am not all happy today, but i can always smile for you Captain!

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablogger

Some strings kept entangling me, but am all well now 😀
Stay blessed and happy Captain 🙂

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Hehehehe 🙂 oh my dear Captain!! 😛

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Waah!! am short of words today.. Captain! you left me speechless

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Hehehehehe... you hypnotizing me!!

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablogger

I already was sleeping 😀 Your hypnotizing skills!! 🙂

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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You made me sleep out of your magic, but am back from the sleep now 🙂

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Waah!! Captain you want me to be sleeping 24 hours long? 😛

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablogger

So am back 😛

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Captain, hope you like my effort, just a gift i can give...my words...my sincere ones 🙂

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablogger

Rosalyn!! that is my name 🙂

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablogger

Then please elaborate, which "luxury" you talking of me having?

themissiontomars
5 years ago
Reply to  trablogger

Unless you tell me, i couldn't change what is unknown.. Your words hit me hard this time!
Though!!
Stay smiling too Captain!

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Ahhh!!! am so weak at enjoying the mystery Captain..reveal it please

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Captain!! you making me cry 🙁

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Hheheheheee 😀
Yes!! waah! Captain can see me through 🙂 hard luck missiontomars 🙂 😛

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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They at this moment are traveling to you 🙂 <3

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Am I so careless and now losing the trust!! Ahh!! Alas..Captain what have i done, i can't smile now!! its getting on my nerves

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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https://themissiontomars.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/words-is-all-i-have-3
Check this one out...that is my gift <3

themissiontomars
5 years ago
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Suddenly am feeling so emotive Captain...I must go now..
Stay happy and blessed 🙂
Have a great sunday..

faburlifekhloe
5 years ago

How the sunshine shined through, the shadow and the sophisticated details of the temple were totally well captured by you talented photographer! <3 Its beauty gave me a breathless feeling...can hardly believe how beautiful it was 🙂

faburlifekhloe
5 years ago
Reply to  trablog

hahaha no problem at all...still surviving!!! haaha you are always sweet to give me kind responses also 😛 You're welcome 😉

faburlifekhloe
5 years ago
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hahaha yes for sure 😛

ady
ady
5 years ago

And the elephant is quite stylish 😛

ady
ady
5 years ago
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But after I bless the man with wealth 😛

ady
ady
5 years ago
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Rofl !!!!! You wrote it ok,I said, not ok ! You know the next word 😛

ady
ady
5 years ago
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Yes,you are !!!!!!! 😀 😀

ady
ady
5 years ago

It's a miracle to see the entire temple and nearby buildings are standing intact after 1000 years !!! It gives the feeling of elegance,strength,faith and tranquility 😀 I loved the photo tour,feels like walking around and about 😀