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Sahapedia: Thanjavur has been acclaimed as a cultural capital in the south with Brihadisvara temple as the centre of activity. We would like to know how the Brihadisvara temple and the entire complex worked from a cultural point of view in the history of Tanjavur or even the whole of south India…
Sahapedia: Could you talk about how the inscriptions were found in Brihadisvara temple?
T.N. Ramachandran: Thanjavur became the capital of the Chola kingdom during the reign of Raja Raja Chola's grandfather. Urayur in Trichy was the capital until then. Of course, Kaveripattanam was the summer…
The module takes us through the Chola period, 'one of the most creative and formative' in Tamil culture. This was when some of India's finest temples were built, whose inspiration endured for later Nayaka and Maratha rulers of the region.