The Peruvudaiyar Kovil also known as Brihadeeswarar Temple, Raja Rajeswara Temple and Raja rajeswaram at Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a Hindu temple devoted to lord Shiva. It is an significant example of Tamil structural design attained during the Chola empire. The temple is element of the UNESCO World Heritage Site famous as the “Great Living Chola Temples”.
This is one of the biggest temples in India and one of India’s most valued architectural locations. Constructed by emperor Raja Raja Chola I and ended in 1010 AD, Peruvudaiyaar Temple, also commonly recognize as the ‘Big Temple’, turned 1000 years old in 2010.
Thanjavur Periya Kovil rises amidst prepared walls that were most likely added in the 16th century. The vimana is 216 ft (66 m) high and is among the tallest of its class in the world. The Kumbam of the temple is fixed out of a single stone and it evaluates around 80 tons. There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), fixed out of a single rock, at the entry measuring approx 16 feet long and 13 feet tall. The complete temple structure is made out of granite, the closest sources of which are near to Tiruchirappalli, about 60 km to the west of Thanjavur.