"Airavatheeswara Temple - Visit the Airavatheeswara temple, close to Thanjavur, that has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is one of the most well known temples of Tamilnadu."

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Airavatheeswara Temple Tour and Attractions

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Address: Thimmakudy Agraharam, Baburajapuram Post, Thanjavur
Location: Located on the bank of Cauvery river near Tanjore
Accessibility: Trichy Airport: 91.0 KM, Kumbakonam Railway Station: 4.0 KM


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Address: Vennar river Bank, Pali Agraharam, Thanjavur
Location: Located 3 km away from Thanjavur city.
Accessibility: Tiruchirapalli Airport: 58 km

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About Airavatheeswara

Location: Dharasuram, 34 kms from Thanjavur
Built By: Raja Raja II, 1150- 1173 AD

The Chola architecture, as manifested in the various monuments, came into full flowering in the district of Tanjore. One such living monument is the temple of Airavatheeswara located at Dharasuram. The temple, constructed by Raja Raja II, 1150- 1173 AD, has now been recognised as a world heritage monument by the UNESCO. The Airavatheeswara temple is an outstanding creative achievement in the architectural conception of the pure form of the Dravida type temple, Tour to Airavatheeswara Temple India

A Gaze at the Airavatheeswara Temple

» The Structure
The vimanam of the Airavatheeswara temple rises to a height of 23 meters. The sanctum sanctorum is nirandhra- that is, without the circumambulatory passage. There is an ardha Mandapam, and a 100-pillared Maha Mandapam.

» Sculptural Marvels
The outer walls of the Maha Mandapam and the garba griha have exquisite sculptures. Apart from these, the inside of the Maha Mandapam, the pillars supporting the Maha Mandapam as well as the walls of the prakara (enclosure) have beautifully-carved panels. 

For instance, in the south-west corner of the prakara, a lady's acrobatics have been chiselled out to represent four in one. The statue of Annapoorani in the ardha Mandapam is a marvellous piece of sculpture, the face aglow in a smile, the left hand carrying a brass vessel and the right, a lotus. The ratha-like side projections on the eastern and western sides of the Maha Mandapam are characteristic of 12 other Chola temples, like in Tiruvarur, Chidambaram and Melakadambur. The wheels and spokes are very delicately carved. 

» Music Of the Stones
Most enchanting, though, are the musical notes that rise from the tread stones inside the Nandi enclosure in front of the Airavatheeswara temple-they are melodious testimony to the superb engineering skills of master craftsmen of a bygone era. 

Connectivity

Thanjavur has road links to all major cities. Connected by rail with Trichy, Madurai, Nagercoil, and Chennai directly. The nearest airport, Tiruchirapalli, is 58 kms and Tourist Places to See Tamilnadu

Staying

Tourists can unpack at the various hotels available in Thanjavur.