Thanjavur Temples Known as Great Living Chola Temples and Tanjore Paintings
Thanjavur or Tanjore is an ancient historical temple town in Tamilnadu state of India. Tanjore was the capital of many of the ancient empires like Chola, Pandya, Vijayanagar, etc.
UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Great Living Chola Temples
Thanjavur is famous for its temples , art and architecture. “The Great Living Chola Temples” of Thanjavur consisting of Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the nearby 12th century “Airavatesvara Temple”at Darasuram near Kumbakonam (40 kilometers away), were together declared as a “UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
Temple town of Tanjore is also famous for the “Tanjore Painting”; a style of painting that is unique to this region with its vivid and rich colours on wooden panels. Originated around the 16th century B.C. in the Maratha court of Tanjore. Hindu Gods, Goddesses and saints are the main subjects for the Tanjore paintings; ,even though other religious or secular subjects also figure rarely in Thanjavur paintings..
Tanjore is also known as the “Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu” or “Granary of South India”, as Tanjore and its surrounding areas are very fertile with the Cauvery delta.
How Do I Go to Thanjavur?
Thanjavur is easily accessible by train and road. There is a railway station at Tanjore called “Thanjavur Junction”. National Highway 67 and National highway 226 passes through Thanjore. Thiruchiraplli airport is the nearest airport at 55 kilometers away, which has flights to nearby cities like Chennai and Bangalore. Chennai International airport at around 320 kilo meters distance from Tanjore, is the nearest international airport.
Bangalore alias Bangaluru is at 390 kilometers distance. Cochin alias Kochi is at 450 kilometers from Thanjore. Coimbatore is at 265 kilometers from Tanjore. Erode is at around 195 kilometers away from Tanjore town. Ooty Hill station is round 325 kilometers from the temple town of Tanjore.