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?

31 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 🙂


      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..!!!


    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.


  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..


    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. 🙂


  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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