The Brihadeeswarar Temple
The Brihadeeswarar Temple Thanjavur Reviews
A contradiction to other temples in southern India Sep 15, 2008
The first foundations of the Brihadeeswarar Temple were laid down around the year 1002 AD, making this the world’s first complete granite temple. In contradiction to just about every other temple in southern India, this construction doesn’t have any colour. The entire complex still has its natural granite colour.
This temple also offers blessings by an elephant and a priest inside the temple (it doesn’t matter if you’re Hindu or not), but nor the priest nor the elephant like coins as an offering for the blessing. If you´re an obvious Westerner (and even the elephant can tell the difference), only notes are acceptable.
Part of the Southern India 2008 travel blog
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