Monday, January 23, 2012

Thanjavur, Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu

From Chidambaram we drove to Thanjavur to see the magnificent place, the treasure house of art and handicrafts. This city is one of the ancient cities in India and has a long and varied history. The city came into prominence during the Chola period between the 9th and 14th centuries A.D. Later it further flourished during the rule of the Nayaks and Mahrathas. The city is an important agricultural center is known as the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu".

It is well known for handicrafts ranging from pithwork, bronze icons, Thanjavur paintings and the classical South Indian musical instruments. It is regarded as the major learning centre for culture and education.


The main tourist attractions in the place are:

We will soon explore these above places.

52 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Just lovely, thanks for sharing. Great mosaic, have a wonderful week!

ellen b said...

Truly amazing art and architecture!

Kim, USA said...

Amazing structures!

The Vest

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

WOW! What a fantastic place. The work on that building is just stunning.

Snap said...

Beautiful! I thought I had remembered Tamil Nadu being known for bronzes.

Cloudia said...

A feast for the eyes and imagination, Rajesh!


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My Little Home and Garden said...

What incredible architecture!

Krishna said...

beautiful images with nice info

thanks for sharing

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Wonderful post. Thanks for being so informative.

Urmi said...

Very beautiful pictures of Thanjavur. I have been there twice and its gorgeous.

Zuzana said...

Just look at those wall paintings, magnificent.;)
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Team G Square said...

lovely temple and nice pictures .

Jeevan said...

That's one incredible city in Indian history of arts, craft and architecture. It was great to be in the big temple on its 1000th year...

Wonderful collage Rajesh!

RNSANE said...

It's exciting to be reading about these places as I sit at my computer in Mumbai. I just hate how quickly four months are passing. I want to see it all...and I want to return.

joo said...

Another splendid place!

Sylvia K said...

Such an awesome and colorful place, Rajesh, and superb captures! You do have such magnificent temples in India! Thank you for sharing the beauty!

Sylvia

Carver said...

The art details are fantastic.

Gary said...

The city is a real beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

sm said...

beautiful pics

Postcards from Wildwood said...

The richly decorated room on the right of your mosaic (the royal palace?) is simply beautiful.

Arija said...

A beautiful place Rajesh as are your photos.
My son's family just returned from a few weeks in the sout of India and my granddaughter brought back three traditional instruments and I am looking forward to hearing her play them.

EG Wow said...

Amazing architecture!

DeeBee L. said...

It is a truly stunning place!

Indrani said...

A great place to visit.

Al said...

The artwork in that right-hand shot is incredible.

LadyFi said...

So fabulously ornate!

Leovi said...

Beautiful pictures, magnificent temple. Greetings.

Gattina said...

Very beautiful and special architecture !

eden said...

What a lovely place to visit! Beautiful shots.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Thanjavur is definitely a great city. Awaiting further explorations. Incidentally apart from the Big temple, the Cholas have three more masterpieces i.e. Gangaikandacholapuram, Darasuram and Thirubhuvanam. Do visit whenever convenient.

anthonynorth said...

Beautiful pics, as always.

George said...

The architecture at this place is amazing. The artwork on the dome you pictured is truly intricate and beautiful.

Roger Owen Green said...

that interior is STUNNING.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Lowell said...

I'm glad you included some people in your photos as they help to give a sense of scale to this mammoth and very beautiful Thanjavur!

radha said...

Thanjavur is a really quaint town.

Annie said...

What a beautiful temple. I'd love to see it in person. Your photos are fantastic!

Barb said...

Such different architectures at one spot! The frieze-work in the temple is magnificent.

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

I like the arts in that building, blue and very beautiful

chubskulit said...

I like that every building structure there is very well designed!

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

sappy said...

I really missed some of your posts and how lucky I am to find the post on Thanjavur!Great pictures as usual and I expect the magnificence of "The temple of Great Lord",The Brihadeeshwara temple to be described in your words as soon as possible.

Eden said...

Beautiful arts. Great shots!

Joy said...

I love how there is not one part of the entrance left undecorated. Wonderfully vibrant.

Pietro said...

What a fabulous place, Rajesh, amazing architecture! Nice images!

CYNOSURE said...

beautiful place...will definitely visit... :)

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Thanjavur is certainly a historically significant place. The Big temple (Brihadeswara) is one of the architectural wonders of Cholas.

NixBlog said...

The interior shot is quite amazing!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this place.

Subramanian: I have already been to Gangaikandacholapuram, Darasuram and will soon write about them.

Panchali said...

Thanjavur is a fertile plain, so I guess this is referred to as the 'rice bowl'...am not very sure though.
The historical carvings,panels are mind blowing..The chola kings were known for their architectural wonders!
Thanks for sharing this beautiful pix, Rajesh.

indu chhibber said...

Thanjavur paintings are real gems& the work on this building too is superb.

AmitAag said...

...lovely..great..grand...amazing!!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this place.

shovonc said...

Never been beyond Madras (the fact that I call it that reveals my age!). Look forward to going to this lovely place some day.