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The Medieval Temple Town
Tanjore, in the state of Tamil Nadu, has an aura of history and tradition about it. It is one of the oldest cities in India and has been ruled by many powerful dynasties. It is also a very significant site for the study of south Indian art and architecture. Tanjore is known for its temples and temple jewelry, apart from the Tanjore styles of painting and Bharatnatyam (a classical Indian dance form).
Quick Facts
  • Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), along with Tanjore, is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Tamil Nadu with the earliest settlements dating back to the 2nd millennium B.C
Popular Attractions
  • The Brihadeeshwara Temple dates back to the Chola era, during which period it was not just treated as a temple but also as an administrative centre. It contains various inscriptions from the period as well as, and some intricate carvings and sculpture. Also known as The Big Temple, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Srirangam, which is a short drive from Tanjore, is home to the enormous Ranganathaswamy temple. The temple complex consists of seven concentric circles, with some of the outer ones enclosing homes and bazaars
  • Rockfort consists of two temples built on a rock in Trichy, which is a short distance away from Tanjore. It is situated on the bank of the river Kaveri and was also used for military fortification by certain rulers
The ‘’India Travellers’’ Experience
  • Tanjore has made significant contributions to the evolution of a type of music called Carnatic music. There are many classical music recitals and dance performances that take place at Tanjore at various times of the year, including the annual Natyanjali festival
  • The Kaveri river nearby is seen as a pilgrimage spot. People come here and shave their head as part of the pilgrimage rituals
  • The Thanjavur bobble head dolls are quite famous
 
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