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The Chola royalty zealously built many stone temples all over their kingdom. The Rajarajesvaram is the grandest of all Chola temples. The exact year in which Rajaraja I (AD 985-1014) commenced the massive exercise of constructing Rajarajesvaram is not recorded anywhere. Apart from conceptualizing…
1. Brihadisvara Legends Fig. 1: Brihadisvara temple (Image taken by Debhashish Bannerjee) There are a number of legends associated with the temple. The two given below are the most well-known ones. 1. Karuvur Devar…
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.
The Great Chola Temples: Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram On 22nd April 1010, the 25th regnal year of the Chola king Arunmolivarman—better known by his title Rajaraja, ‘the King of Kings’—installed a gold-plated pot-finial on the summit of a monumental new temple in the city of…