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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 Rajaraja-I started 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.
- thebigtemple.com

Rajarajan Gopuram
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.
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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.
- thebigtemple.com