Chola Dynasty

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Chola Dynasty

The celebrated Saiva temple at Thanjavur, appropriately called Brihadisvara and Daksinameru, is the grandest creation of the Chola emperor Rajaraja. It was inaugurated by the king himself in his 19th regnal year and named it after himself as Rajesvara Peruvudaiyar.

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The Airavatesvara Temple

The Airavatesvara temple complex at Darasuram, built by Rajaraja II, features a 24-m vimana and a stone image of Shiva. The temples testify to the Cholas brilliant achievements in architecture, sculpture, painting, and bronze casting.

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The Airavatesvara Temple
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The Gangaikondacholapuram Temple

The Temple of Gangaikondacholapuram, built by Rajendra I, was completed in 1035. Its 53-m vimana (sanctum tower) has recessed corners and a graceful upward curving movement.It has six pairs of massive, monolithic dvarapalas statues guarding the entrances and bronzes of remarkable beauty inside.

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The Gangaikondacholapuram Temple
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The Koranganatha Temple

The Koranganatha Temple at Srinivasanallur near Thiruchirapalli is an example of the period of Parantaka I. It is a small temple with beautiful sculptures on every surface. The base of the wall has a row of sculpted mythical animals that were a unique feature of Chola architecture. The first floor is made of bricks which have been plastered.

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The Koranganatha Temple
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Big Temple Lingam Painting

Chola frescoes were discovered within the circumambulatory corridor of the Brihadisvara Temple, by S.K.Govindasamy, a professor at the Annamalai University. These are the first Chola paintings discovered.

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Big Temple Lingam Painting
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Darasuram Temple

Darasuram temple of the chola dynasty the first temple to reflect dravidian architecture, This temple is just 2 kms from kumbakonam.

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Darasuram Temple
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Chola Art and Architecture

Heavily ornamented pillars accurate in detail and richly sculpted walls, is a classic example of Chola art and architecture.

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Chola Art and Architecture
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Gajalakshmi

Gajalakshmi, that is Lakshmi with elephants, is one of the most significant Ashtalakshmi aspects of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. In this aspect, the goddess is depicted seated on a lotus, flanked on both side by an elephant (gaja).

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Gajalakshmi
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Nataraja

The most famous of all the bronze icons is that of Nataraja.The symbolism presents Siva as lord of the cosmic dance of creation and destruction.

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Nataraja
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Bronze Statues

Portable bronze sculptures were produced to preside over Chola festivities.

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Bronze Statues
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