Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, Thanjavur, Popular shiva temple in Tamilnadu
Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, location details and temple architecture
Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple is one of the historical evidence of chola dynasty, it considered as one of the main shiva temples in south India to worship lord, the prime deity lord shiva worshiped here as the form of shivalingam, this is one of the huge sivalingams in India. Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple located at tanjavur district of Tamilnadu state, the temple architecture follows a pure dravidan style architecture. it is built around 12th century by rajendra chola 1. Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple located very adjacent to brihadeswarar temple. The sanctum encircled by two walls, the image of god sraswathy sculptured at the entrance of the sanctum.
The architecture of the temple is a 9 storey vimanam that leads to 185 feet high, that facing to east direction, It is rich with sculptures and carvings, the architecture of this temple showing some ressemblances with brihadeswara temple tanajure. years back chola dynasty ruled the most part of India, in those times the chola emperors conquered many other parts in north india, the wealth was brimming due to the outcome of their booming war operations. on the expeditions rajendra chola brought ganga water in a golden pot and consecrated the reservoir ponneri or chola ganga.
consequently rajendra was titled as gangai konda cholan because he brought the ganges. The Temple is located at the udaiyarpalayam taluk of peramballur district in tamilnadu. it will easily connect from chennai to tanjavure via kumbhakonam. Trichy airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 102 km from Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple. kumbhakonam is about 34 km distance which has both the rail head and the airport.