What is the old name of Thanjavur

Asia: IndiaThe Temple of Thanjavur

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The lust of the gods

The Brihadeshvara Temple at Thanjavur is a thousand years old, and you can't tell by looking at it. In the Middle Ages it served as a fortress against oncoming enemies and later withstood attempts at destruction by fanatical Muslims.

Today it is an important place of pilgrimage for the Hindus, a popular and lively temple.

Thanjavur, about 350 km south of Madras (now also called Chennaj), a large but insignificant provincial town in the Indian state of Tamilnadu, was the capital of the Cola Empire at the beginning of the 11th century, whose power extended far beyond the borders of today's India . From this early heyday of the city, only the Brihadeshvara Temple remains, built by King Rajaraja between 1002 and 1010. It is a temple of impressive size and beauty - dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The film shows the well-preserved temple and its still numerous visitors. He lets us feel something of the sensual serenity of Hinduism, which effortlessly brings piety and lust together. Even the roots of the lush Indian film can be found in the temple.

Data & facts

Cultural monument: Also known as the Rajarajeshvara Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, surrounded by an outer 12 m high wall, in the middle of the approximately 150x75 m main courtyard of Fort Sivaganga, built on a square pedestal
UNESCO nomination: 1987
King Vijayalaya from the Chola Dynasty
King Rajaraja from the Chola dynasty
Construction of the temple complex with gilded copper roofing of the tower
French attack on Thanjavur
Thanjavur influenced by the East India Company
under the direct influence of the English colonial power
Rediscovery of a painting in the Aradhana Mandapam from the time of the Chola and Nayak dynasties

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© Chronik Verlag in Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag GmbH Gütersloh / Munich 2000 - 2010

A film by Albrecht Heise

Status: March 27, 2012, 10.07 a.m.