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N.W. corner of main tower and Chandeshvara Shrine, Brihadishvara Temple, Tanjore.

N.W. corner of main tower and Chandeshvara Shrine, Brihadishvara Temple, Tanjore.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 27/(38)

Item number: 2738

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Chandeshvara Shrine and tower, Brihadishvara Temple, Tanjore, from an Album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1860s. The Brihadishvara Temple was built by the Chola king Rajaraja around 1010. This monumental temple stands in the middle of a large courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. It is entered through the east by two gateways. The tall pyramidal tower over the sanctuary reaches 70 metres and consists of diminishing storeys culminating in the octagonal domed roof and the golden pot finial. The Chandeshvara shrine is a subsidiary shrine which faces southwards towards the main temple. The details on its walls reproduce in small the main temple and its sanctuary has an octagonal roof. This is a view with the base of temple vimana, or towered sanctuary in the right foreground and the Chandeshvara Shrine to the left.

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