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Entrance to Brahadeeshwara temple
Thanjavur is a visitors delight for seeing old temples and monuments.
We reached Thanjavur back from our visit to Velankanni church and were staying at Hotel Gnanam (www.hotelgnanam.com).
Thanjavur has a lot of temples and monuments and one may need 2 to 3 days to cover all of them.
Because of our time restraint, the places we could visit were the Brahadeeshwara Temple Complex and the Thanjavur Palace Complex.

Brahadeeshwara Temple Complex
Built by Raja Raja Chola - around 1011 AD. It is also called the Big Temple and is on the World Heritage List.
I walked around and clicked many snaps. As far as the details and history about this place there are lot of information already on the net.
The place was not crowded and one can walk around peacefully, taking time to see around the various art, architecture and so on.
A view while entering the complex


The next place to vist was Thanjavur Palace Complex.
It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the Temple Complex.
This was built by the Nayaks and Marathas around year 1550.
The complex consists of various structures like the Royal Museum, Art Gallery and Saraswati Mahal Library.
One interesting structure is the "Bell Tower" in the palace complex. In the Royal Museum, lot of items used by past rulers are on display.
Another interesting display is the skeleton of a Whale! I managed to get a snap of it.
The Art gallery there are lot of items used during the Chola dynasty. The Saraswati Mahal Library has lot of old manuscripts - on palm leaves and paper.

After spending about 2 hours in the complex and taking photos, it was time to get back to the hotel since we had to catch the night train to Chennai.

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Entrance to Brahadeeshwara temple
Entrance to Brahadeeshwara temple
A view while entering the complex
A view while entering the complex
Another view from the entrance
Another view from the entrance
Courtyard inside the complex
Courtyard inside the complex
The Nandi bull
The Nandi bull
Two structures inside the complex
Two structures inside the complex
The gopuram of the main temple
The gopuram of the main temple
In the museum skeleton of a whale …
In the museum skeleton of a whale…
View of structures in the Palace c…
View of structures in the Palace …
The Bell tower in the Palace compl…
The Bell tower in the Palace comp…
Outside view from the palace compl…
Outside view from the palace comp…
Another view from top of the palac…
Another view from top of the pala…
Courtyard inside the palace as see…
Courtyard inside the palace as se…
Yet another view inside the courty…
Yet another view inside the court…
One more view of the courtyard ins…
One more view of the courtyard in…
The bell tower from another angle.
The bell tower from another angle.
Statue of Buddha kept in the museum
Statue of Buddha kept in the museum
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