Tanjavore : Land of Art and Architecture

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

 

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121 Comments

  1. shubhammansingka
    June 14, 2016

    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 🙂

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      June 18, 2016

      Thank you so very much. Tanjore is a very special place. Quite magical, i’d say. You should come with your camera. It will be a feast! 😀

      Reply
  2. […] I already stated that fact in my old posts in which I showed you, my 3.2 mega pixel travels. From Tanjavur, I travelled to Velankanni with the same camera phone. That phone camera created this funny […]

    Reply
  3. themissiontomars
    February 26, 2015

    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

    Reply
    1. trablog
      February 26, 2015

      Im glad too knowing that. Care to share the maiden shots?!

      Reply
  4. themissiontomars
    February 26, 2015

    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 🙂 🙂

    Reply
    1. trablog
      February 26, 2015

      Thank you so much for being so generous 🙂 You have a way with the words and to make others happy. Thank you for doing that.
      I would be super glad if I could inspire someone to take more pictures because of me.
      And thanks again for the wishes 🙂

      Reply
      1. themissiontomars
        February 26, 2015

        Your shots seem so alive!!

        Reply
        1. trablog
          February 26, 2015

          Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder 🙂

          Reply
          1. themissiontomars
            February 26, 2015

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

          2. trablog
            February 26, 2015

            Awesome 😉

          3. themissiontomars
            February 27, 2015

            Hehehehe 🙂

          4. trablogger
            February 27, 2015

            🙂

          5. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

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

          6. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            oh what happened?

          7. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

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

          8. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            Thank you for introducing me to ‘Greek’ 😛
            You too stay happy and blessed madam

          9. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Hehehehe 🙂 oh my dear Captain!! 😛

          10. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            hmmm 😛

          11. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Waah!! am short of words today.. Captain! you left me speechless

          12. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            again?!! 😉

          13. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Hehehehehe… you hypnotizing me!!

          14. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            just don’t sleep 😛

          15. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            I already was sleeping 😀 Your hypnotizing skills!! 🙂

          16. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            You must be tired 😛

          17. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

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

          18. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            oh my magic doesn’t have lasting effect!! You should be glad!! 😛

          19. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Waah!! Captain you want me to be sleeping 24 hours long? 😛

          20. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            haha.. no.. you can wake up and reply at times too 😉

          21. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            So am back 😛

          22. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            welcome back 🙂

          23. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Captain, hope you like my effort, just a gift i can give…my words…my sincere ones 🙂

          24. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            All the sincere gifts as words, time etc are appreciated. But you do have the luxury of gifting words hiding behind a name, that isn’t really well appreciated!

          25. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Rosalyn!! that is my name 🙂

          26. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            Yea, I remember that.

          27. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

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

          28. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            Never mind. Be happy and stay blessed 🙂

          29. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

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

          30. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            Just enjoy the charming mystery! 🙂

          31. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Ahhh!!! am so weak at enjoying the mystery Captain..reveal it please

          32. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            it might make you realise how strong you are! 😉

          33. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Captain!! you making me cry 🙁

          34. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            No, you are not the crying person!

          35. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            Hheheheheee 😀
            Yes!! waah! Captain can see me through 🙂 hard luck missiontomars 🙂 😛

          36. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            so where did the sincere words go?!

          37. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            They at this moment are traveling to you 🙂 <3

          38. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            a trust once lost, is lost

          39. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

            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

          40. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            maybe its just like ‘felt like crying’ 😉

          41. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

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

          42. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            Thank you for the lovely gift 🙂

          43. themissiontomars
            February 28, 2015

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

          44. trablogger
            February 28, 2015

            Take care. You too.

  5. faburlifekhloe
    February 21, 2015

    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 🙂

    Reply
    1. trablog
      February 21, 2015

      haha.. you are always so sweet. thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 Hope you didn’t have any breathing problems now 😛

      Reply
      1. faburlifekhloe
        February 21, 2015

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

        Reply
        1. trablog
          February 21, 2015

          haha.. ok.. law of attraction, it must be!

          Reply
          1. faburlifekhloe
            February 21, 2015

            hahaha yes for sure 😛

          2. trablog
            February 21, 2015

            😀

  6. ady
    February 13, 2015

    And the elephant is quite stylish 😛

    Reply
    1. trablog
      February 13, 2015

      oh yes, it can bless you too 😉

      Reply
      1. ady
        February 13, 2015

        But after I bless the man with wealth 😛

        Reply
        1. trablog
          February 13, 2015

          Blasphemy !! He is the God’s mediator. How could you make fun of him!!!

          Reply
          1. ady
            February 13, 2015

            Rofl !!!!! You wrote it ok,I said, not ok ! You know the next word 😛

          2. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            yea, I am such a…. 😛

          3. ady
            February 13, 2015

            Yes,you are !!!!!!! 😀 😀

          4. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            deal with it 😛

  7. ady
    February 13, 2015

    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 😀

    Reply
    1. trablog
      February 13, 2015

      Indeed it is a miracle. The construction, and the art work on the rocks itself is a miracle.
      Well this photo tour is for you 😉 This is shot entirely on phone camera, before my dslr times 😉

      Reply
      1. ady
        February 13, 2015

        Yes, but you know what sometimes I doubt if the initial camera phones were actually good even in 2MP,not like he one these days 🙁
        I must say, the photos are fabulous 😀

        Reply
        1. trablog
          February 13, 2015

          haha.. then again.. I bought this phone in 2010! Sort of initial camera phones I guess

          Reply
          1. ady
            February 13, 2015

            Yes,that time phones had quality even in less price 😀

          2. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            yes I think so. NOKIA N series had a great camera. But I never had them.
            And I still have that phone, still working in condition!

          3. ady
            February 13, 2015

            Good ! I had Samsung phone,2 MP,the best pics and much better shots than Nokia N85 😀

          4. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            We are Samsung family 😛

          5. ady
            February 13, 2015

            Ha ha ha 😀 Then let’s sing a song similar to ‘Hamara Bajaj’ 😛

          6. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            lets play the ‘over the horizon’ ringtone together. That will be better. You can sing, if you want though 😉

          7. ady
            February 13, 2015

            I don’t have it now . It’s gone since 2012 but it did have some beautiful tones 🙂

          8. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            oh.. you opted out from the family!!
            yes do have some beautiful tones, everyone does I believe 😀

          9. ady
            February 13, 2015

            Neh,Nokia has extremely boring ones.

          10. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            polska,I forgot other names . I liked them

          11. ady
            February 13, 2015

            As they are all boring,I have stick to basic Nokia tone 🙂

          12. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            that is a nostalgic sound indeed

          13. ady
            February 13, 2015

            Ha, nostalgic since 15 years or more 🙁

          14. trablog
            February 13, 2015

            indeed

  8. Madhu
    February 12, 2015

    Fabulous photos! I can’t believe I have still not visited any of these temples! Hopefully soon 🙂

    Reply
    1. trablog
      February 13, 2015

      Thank you Madhu 🙂 Go really early whenever you are visiting. The golden hours makes it even more beautiful and of course less people at that time. 🙂

      Reply
  9. latasun
    February 12, 2015

    Jithu pls go again with a DSLR.. What amazing architecture.. and you say this is using 3.2mpg! Superb post!

    Reply
    1. trablog
      February 12, 2015

      I want to go again. Sure I will go again there in some time. Yes, it was my first mobile phone camera 🙂

      Reply
  10. […] Tanjavore : Land of Art and Architecture […]

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  11. Moon
    January 29, 2015

    .I love ancient places and architecture so much! Can’t believe this is just a 3.2 MP cam. The resolution looks good. Nice photos!

    Reply
    1. trablog
      January 29, 2015

      So do I 🙂
      Yes it is 3.2mp but great camera. No need to focus, just click away. My favourite camera 🙂

      Reply
      1. Moon
        January 29, 2015

        hmm…wise people think alike 😉 about 3.2mp it actually depends on who takes the photo and how he takes it 🙂

        Reply
        1. trablog
          January 29, 2015

          true that. how he/she takes it* 😉

          Reply
          1. Moon
            January 31, 2015

            🙂

  12. realplacespeoplestories
    October 7, 2014

    Wow! So many beautiful pictures and what an amazing architecture! I cant believe you took the photos with an phone camera. You are good!

    Love the comment to the picture with the elephant! It will bless you if you pay the man next to it! Hahaha. Once in Hong Kong a monk was going to bless me if I gave him 20 USD. Hahaha… They know how to earn money…

    Reply
    1. trablog
      October 7, 2014

      Thank you. You are very kind. 🙂
      Yes they exactly know the worth and how much their blessings cost 😀

      Reply
  13. Saya
    October 6, 2014

    Lovely photographs…how did you manage it with 3.2 MP ?
    Do you read the background of every place before visiting or from someone during the travel…I’m feeling to do the same seeing the knowledge one can get during the travels..

    Reply
    1. trablog
      October 6, 2014

      That was a great camera. I am going to post some more pictures from that camera soon.
      Well this is one thing I want to do as a post. One wrong thing you can do while visiting a place is going without knowing the place at all! Well I do that mistake anyway 😉
      So I come back and read. Then I will realise how much I have missed out. So its always good to research before you travel.

      Reply
      1. Saya
        October 6, 2014

        🙂 Now I am tempted to visit this place..it was a good read and pics to..all of them are thumbs up.. 😀
        I’m going to try this from the next time and see how it changes my outlook..

        Reply
        1. trablog
          October 6, 2014

          Do visit, do visit.
          and Thank you 🙂
          Yea, you can straight away visit this place as you already know a bit about this place 😀

          Reply
  14. thefailingadult
    October 6, 2014

    Great pictures, as always. I think it’s not only about the camera, but the person taking the photos.

    Reply
    1. trablog
      October 6, 2014

      Thanks doc. thank you very much. Well yes, its is basically your observation, what you find interesting. But at times better equipment does help in a better expression. But mainly its all about the one behind the equipment. Glad you agreed 🙂

      Reply
  15. theoldfellowgoesrunning
    October 6, 2014

    Curious if it was an older “Smart Phone” you used? Still not adept at all that technology…lol!! Actually I do have a camera on my old LG, not sure of the M.P. but it is less than your mobile phone camera. Don’t know how to use that either1 lol 🙂
    But Trablogger, the photos were really great, and what a fascinating narrative. Still can’t get over how massive this temple is in weight, and to build something that tall in 1010 AD is incredible.
    Thank you so much for sharing this!! 🙂

    Reply
    1. trablog
      October 6, 2014

      Thanks Carl, Thank you very much for reading and for all your kind words and continued encouragement. Well it was a bit of smart phone, but not the android phone. It makes it less smart 😉
      Yep, its an amazing construction. We somehow lost our ancient wisdom!

      Reply
  16. julial213
    October 6, 2014

    Like your pictures and information very much. Also using phone camera. I just need to get that creative eye!

    Reply
    1. trablog
      October 6, 2014

      Thank you Julia. Thanks for reading. And glad to know that you are also agreeing to the fact that its all about what we see, not the equipment. 🙂

      Reply
  17. Silmara C.
    October 6, 2014

    OMG! I used to travel for a long time with a 3.2 MP mobile camera too, but it was a Nokia. I also agree we can take nice pictures with a mobile camera, all depends our eyes and creativity!
    Nice blog, congrats! 🙂

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    1. trablog
      October 6, 2014

      Cool! Well Nokia camera’s are great. I have seen really super pictures taken using Nokia cameras. Glad that you are agreeing to the point of view. Yes, its all about how we find out a photograph! Thank you for taking time to leave a comment.
      Btw is your blog private?

      Reply
      1. Silmara C.
        October 11, 2014

        Yes, it is (and no, it isn’t!). I have a private blog, but now I’m writing a public one: http://classicpopcorn.wordpress.com/

        Feel free to visit and comment! 🙂

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        1. trablog
          October 12, 2014

          Yea sure, I will soon go through your blog once I am back from my travels. 🙂 Thank you for sharing 🙂

          Reply
  18. diarystanam11x2
    October 5, 2014

    Architectural marvel by a marvelous photographer! Busting the myths!

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    1. trablog
      October 5, 2014

      You are being too kind!! 😀
      Thank you 🙂

      Reply
  19. luciledegodoy
    October 5, 2014

    Amazing photos. It’s been great to know new places in India through your eyes. This temple is incredibly beautiful. And I agree with you that we can make great photos with a mobile camera. It’s the eye of the photographer who sees and captures beauty.

    Reply
    1. trablog
      October 5, 2014

      Thank you very much for your continued support and kind words. 🙂
      Do visit India sometime 🙂
      Glad to know that you are agreeing with my point of view. But I wish I had a better camera with me that time. I was drooling over the bigger cameras people were carrying at that time 😀

      Reply
  20. lifeconfusions
    October 5, 2014

    Very nice pictures from the ‘Crappy phone camera’ 😉

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    1. trablog
      October 5, 2014

      Yea.. I know 😉 I just protected the privacy 😛

      Reply
  21. craftyspell
    October 5, 2014

    I remember visiting this place many years ago and my dad taking photos with a kodak roll film camera!

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    1. trablog
      October 5, 2014

      Awesome! I am glad that my post brought some nostalgic feelings! How many years back, are you talking about?

      Reply
  22. Himanshu
    October 5, 2014

    Loving every bit of ur blog… thanks for sharing.

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    1. trablog
      October 5, 2014

      Thanks bro. Thank you very much 🙂

      Reply

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