Travel Shot: Brihadeeshwara Temple

Brihadeeshwara Temple

My parents and I visited the Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, in December 2005. We couldn’t have chosen a worse time as it was raining heavily and there a flood alert as well. The upside was this had deterred a lot of tourists and we arrived to a practically deserted temple at around 8.30 in the morning. Needless to say, I was delighted at the lack of people around.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Brihadeeshwara Temple Complex is very well maintained and remains, to this day, one of the most beautiful and cleanest temples that I have seen. The temple, which celebrated in 1000th anniversary earlier this year, is huge and yet, very compact and intimate.

I took many photographs of the Temple, but the one featured here is my favourite as the wet temple ground as well as the perspective add a mysterious depth to this magnificent temple. Don’t you think so?

28 thoughts on “Travel Shot: Brihadeeshwara Temple

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Shrinidhi.

      The category that I have put this particular post in is “Travel Shot”, which is about a defining picture from one of my travels. Though I did take many photos of the Brihadeeshwara Temple, the one posted here is my favourite. Maybe, if I do a post on the Temple, I will include all the photos 🙂

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      1. It is not the dabba Kodak camera that matters. It’s how you click it. Some of the best shots were taken from box cameras. By the way I edited this photograph and it looks amazing in sepia..!!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by as well as the suggestion, Alisha. If I ever do an entire post on the Brihadeeshwara Temple, I will definitely include more photos. This one is posted under “Travel Shot” which is about a single defining photo.

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  1. Sudha..
    Wow..what a picture. I think this one is special because it does not look like a photo at all. I love the water lingering on the floor, and the tiny human forms that make it much more than just a picture. I will have to think up of some name for it now..

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Deepak, and thank yuou for stopping by and commenting. I’m honoured that you have copied my picture and a teeny weeny bit jealous that you get to get to see the temple every day. 🙂

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  2. wow!! That is a lovely shot. The stairs, there is an almost identical set of steps in Darasuram.

    (Raja Raja Chola’s grandson’s temple — not as magnificent in scale but amazing in terms of intricacy and detail.)

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