Gangai Konda Cholapuram

Posted Date: 26 Feb 2010      Author: RajmiArun    Member Level: Silver (Rs 50)

One of the heritage sites of Tamilnadu, which have a temple built by Rajendra Chola son of Raja Raja Chola.

Gangaikondacholapuram was the capital city of the king Rajendra Chola who is the son of Raja Raja Chola who built the Tanjore Big Temple. Rajendra won the kingdoms near the river Ganges and got the name Gangakondacholan.

The city of Gangaikondacholapuram, in Ariyalur District was found by the king as a mark of victory of the Ganga Dynasty. (This is just a village now, which was once a big city). Gangaikondacholapuram served as the Capital city of the Cholas for almost 250 years. The city was huge and well planned and built and had a huge outer wall to protect.

The city got destroyed (though the temple remains intact), during the 13th century when the Hoysalas conquered the Chola Dynasty.

Places to Visit in Gangaikondacholapuram
Gangaikondacholapuram Temple was built in the 11th century. The entire design of the temple resembles the Tanjore Big Temple. The temple was built after his victory of the kings in the North India, especially the Ganga Dynasty and the Pala kingdom.

One can view the beautiful sculptures of Arthanareeshwara, Lord Shiva and lot more here. There is a big Nandi and a temple which have a big lion idol in its entrance which is known as Simhakeni.

One can also visit the remains of the Royal Palace and also the remains of the fort around the then city of Gangaikondacholapuram.

A temple complex with shops and rest rooms and restaurants are being built in this village near the temple.

How to reach:
One can reach Ariyalur by train and from there take a local bus or there are lots of cars and taxis that takes the tourists to this heritage site.

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