Thanjai peria koil history
Thanjai BIG TEMPLE which is also called as Thanjavur periya koil was built by Raja raja chozhan thousand years ago.Thanjavur was the capital of the chola kings who ruled the Indian peninsula , sumatra and few parts of malay peninsula.
Thanjavur is known as the Rice bowl of Tamilnadu since maximum rice production is from Thanjavur.Brihadishwara temple iss a classic example of the Dravidiaqn temple architecture.
The height of the Thanjai periya koil tower soars to 64.5 meters and a huge cupola is mounted on the tower which was carved out from 80 tonnes of block of granite.The construction of Thanjavur peria koil is done in such a way that the shadow of the cupola never falls on the ground.The inner walls of the Brihadeeshwara temple has many mudras of Bharathanaatyam which has been portrayed by dancing damsels.
The sculptor of Thanjai peria koil has done this because the presiding deity in this temple is also the god of dance, Nataraja. There are around 250 lingams in this temple, along the outer wall. A huge nandhi, which is said to be the the mode of transport for shiva, sits facing the temple. The temple is maintained by Archeological survey of India.