This Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple vintage postcard used in the year 1910 in France.
The 64. 8 Mt. tall vimanam (tower over the sanctum sanctorum) is testimony to the engineering skill of the Cholas. In keeping with the size of the temple, it has gigantic “Mahalingam” in the shrine, measuring 4 meters in height. A monolithic Nandhi chiseled out of a single rock, measures 5. 94 meters in length, 2.51 metres in breadth and 3.66 meters in height. it is the second largest Nandhi in India. The Nandhi or bull is the vehicle of Lord Siva. Beautiful Chola fresco paintings adorn the inner walls of the Temple. One of the outstanding temples in South India, the Brahadeeshwarar temple is the Chola dynast’s finest contribution to Dravidian temple architecture. What makes the construction so unique is the variation from the usual temple building style of having a tall gopuram and smaller vimanam. At the Big Temple the vimanam asoars high while the gopuram is smaller. The 64. 8m tall, 14 tier pyramid shaped vimanam raised from a square base is topped by a huge monolithic cupola carved from an 81.3 tonne block of granite. It was raised with the aid of a 6 km long inclined plane.
More information about Brihadeeswarar Temple is available in wikipedia.org website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanjavur
Alongwith postal stamp Government also minted 5 rupees commemmorative coin on the occasion of 1000th Year Celebrations of this Great Temple. In my collection i have a piece of this commemorative coin also.
This is Brihadeeswarar Temple photo from a vintage book on Indian Heritage and Culture in my collection.
This is Thanjavur Temple with Nandi special cover in my collection. This special cover issued on the occasion of TANAPEX'78 (Philateic exhibition) on 6th February, 1978.
This is Thanjavur Art Plate special cover in my collection. This special cover issued on the occasion of TANAPEX'75 (Philateic exhibition) on 6th September, 1975.
This is Goddess Saraswati Maatha statue of Brihadesswarar Temple postcard issued by Archaeological Survey of India is in my collection.