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Tanjavore : Land of Art and Architecture

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Posted On : October 5, 2014
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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.


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."



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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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 🙂


[…] 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 […]


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


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 🙂 🙂


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 🙂


And the elephant is quite stylish 😛


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 😀


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


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


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