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Peruvudaiyar Kovil, one of the largest temples known by the names Periya Kovil, Brihadeshwara Temple, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram located in the city of Tanjore.
Peruvudaiyar Kovil – Devoted to Shiva
It is an important example of Chola dynasty’s influence in Tamil architecture. Apart from being one of the largest temples in India, it is one of the India’s most prized architectural sites.
It was built by emperor Raja Raja Chola I and completed by 1010 AD. Peruvudaiyaar Temple, also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple’, turned 1000 years old in 2010. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples”.
It stands amid of fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century. The temple tower is 216 ft high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world.
The apex or the bulbous structure on the top of the temple is carved out of a single rock and it weighs around 80 tons. There is also a big statue of Nandi, a sacred bull, carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high. The entire temple structure is made out of granite.
The temple is the most visited tourist attraction in Tanjore.