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  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple

    The Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple, also known as the Brihadeeswarar temple is considered among the largest temples in the country and is a fine example of Dravidian architecture during the Chola era. It is located in Gangaikonda Cholapuram in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The temple is believed to have been built in 1035 AD by King Rajendra Chola 1, son of King Raja Raja Chola who built the original, much larger Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and he is worshipped here in the form of a lingam which is 18 feet wide and 13 feet...

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  • Thirumayam Fort in Pudukkottai District

    In ancient days, it was a common practice to build forts to protect ones’ territories and subjects from invasions. Such a fort exists in the town of Thirumayam, situated along the Pudukkottai-Karaikudi highway just a short distance away from the city of Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu. Pudukkottai is famous for its historical temples, Sittannavasal paintings and ancient monuments. The Thirumayam Fort is believed to have been built in 1687 AD by the Raja of Ramnad, Sethupathy Vijaya Ragunatha Thevar. He later handed over the fort to his brother-in-law, Ragunatha Raya Tondaiman. The fort has an in...

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