|Snippets of information - Temples|
11 October 2020
Peria Koil, Thanjavur
The greatest of Chola emperors Rajaraja-I (985 A.D - 1012 A.D) the son
of Sundara Chola (Parantakaa-II) and Vanavanmahadevi built this
magnificent temple named Brihadisvaram at Thanjavur - the capital of
Chola dynasty. From the epigraphical evidence it is known about
building this temple on his 19th year and completed on 275th day of his
25th year. It took just 6 years to complete this work on 1010 A.D.
This gopuram is built by Rajaraja-I and depicts the mediaeval chola
architecture where the Raja gopuram (the entrance gopuram) diminish in
size and the Karpagraham (the main deity's gopuram) is significant.
On either side of this entrance is seen two 15 feet huge monolithic
stone sculpture of the Dwarapala which reveals the Thattva (concept)
that God is Everywhere as shown by the upper two hands and the pose of
right hand index finger denotes that God is one and only one. On keen
notice one can see a Elephant is being swallowed by a crocodile and the Lion
standing behind. This denotes even if one faces such a big problem of
great magnitude, a strong stand (a firm belief in God) similar to that
of a Lion's strong standing posture will lead ways to realize God.