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Brihadeeswarar Temple is a famous Shiva temple located on the banks of River Cauvery in Thanjavur district Tamil Nadu, India. Thanjavur is known to have been derived from the word “Tanjan” a demon, who is believed to have been killed in this place by lord Vishnu. Temple is more than 1000-year-old and was built in 1010 AD by Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola 1 and was named as “Rajarajeswaram”. The temple popularly known as “Thanjavur Periya Kovil” was named as Brihadeeswarar Temple by the Marathas and Nayakas who invaded Thanjavur at a later stage. Temple is also known as “Peruvudaiyar Kovil” or “Rajarajeswara Temple” and is one of the largest temple in India and showcases the brilliance of Tamil architecture of the Chola’s period.

The architecture of the temple is what makes it unique when compared to the others. The temple tower also known as “Dakshina Meru” is built by interlocking the stones without using any binding material and is 216 feet high which makes it the tallest towers in the world of its kind.


The temple is completely constructed in granite and the octagonal shaped shikara gopuram rests on a single rock weighing 81 tons. The main deity inside the sanctum Brihadeeswar Linga is 3.7 meter in height and is set on a two storied sanctum and the walls are decorated with frescoes, popularly known as Thanjavur paintings.


The big statue of Nandhi at the entrance is made of a single rock and is 16 feet long and 13 feet in height.


It is because of this archeological beauty it is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temple”.

Thanjavur is 190 kms from Madurai and 383 kms from Chennai. Thirucharapalli Airport is the nearest airport, located 65 kms away. Thanjavur city is very well connected by train and buses from all the major cities.


Dharmasthala was known as Kuduma in Mallarmadi, Shree Vadiraja Swami of Udupi named the place “Dharmasthala” as he was pleased by the ceremonial of the vedic rites and Heggade’s charity to all. During the 16th Century, Shree Vadiraja Swamiji was invited by Devaraja Heggade to visit this place. Swamiji accepted the invitation and visited the place. During his visit Swamiji he refused to accept ‘Bhiksha’ because the idol of lord Manjunatha had not been consecrated according to Vedic rites. Shree Devaraja Heggade requested the Swamiji to re-consecrate the Shivalinga. Swamiji agreed to Heggade’s request and consecrated the shivalinga.

Heggade’s (followers of Jain religion) guardian the Shree Manjunatha Temple in Dharmasthala. In Dharmasthala, Heggades dispenses justice without any legal formality or argument acting in the tradition of his ancestral role as the Heggade and representing the presiding deity. Shri Veerendra Heggade is the present Dharma Adhikari of Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala the hereditary administrator of Dharmasthala Shree Manjunatha temple. Please visit the following link for more information about the temple

Lord Shiva is worshipped as Lord Manjunatheshwara along with Shri Ammanavaru, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Annappa and Four Dharma Daivas: Kalarahu, Kalarkaayi, Kanyakumari and Kumaraswamy. Throughout the year ‘Annadaana’ is offered to thousands of pilgrims who visit the kshetra every day. Some of the major festivals of Dharmasthala are ‘Lakshadeepotsava’, ‘Shivarathri’, and ‘Mahamasthakaabhisheka’.

Other shrines that can be visited in Dharmasthala are:

  1. The statue of Shri Bahubali at Ratnagiri Hill
  2. Maha Ganpathy Temple at Annapoorna Choultry
  3. Annappa Swami Temple in Badinade Hill
  4. The Neliyadi Beedu: The original abode of the Heggades and the Dharma Daivas.
  5. Shrine of Shri Chandranatha Swami at Sri Chandranatha Basadi
  6. Ram Mandir (on the banks of river Nethravathi)

Shree Kshetra is also famous for Vintage car museum, Manjusha vastu sangrahalaya (museum), Pushpa vatika and Vasantha Mahal – Cultural Hall

Dharmasthala is 325 km from Bangalore (via National Highway NH-48) and the nearest airport is Mangalore Airport situated around 75 km away.

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