Tanjore Pagoda. General view of inner court
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
The Brihadishvara Temple was built in the 9th century and is one of the great achievements of the Chola era. This monumental temple stands in the middle of a large rectangular courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. Its steeply pyramidal tower stands at about 66 m and consists of 13 storeys, each with pilastered walls covered with carved figures of divinities. Lyon wrote 'After passing through the gateway...the visitor enters a great court-yard, about 500 feet long by about 250 in width. At the further end of the court stands the great Pagoda itself, and in front of it, half-way between it and the gateway, stands the pavilion of the bull Nundi, as shown in the Photograph.'