Spanning across an area of 33,000 sq. feet, it is one of the largest temples in India. Made up of enormous granite blocks, the temple houses a big stone linga and an enormous monolithic Nandi (bull). Overall, the temple contains around 252 Shivalingams. Brihadeeswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu features one of the most intricate artworks of the Chola temple architectures.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a part of the Sivaganga Fort. The temple looks splendid with a dry moat circling it and a huge entrance arch. You will receive a moist blessing on your head at the entrance, from the temple elephant. The entrance tower of the temple, unlike many other Tamil temples, is comparatively shorter and less elaborate in comparison to the one over the sanctum. This 197-ft tall tower has a block of granite resting on its top weighing 80 tonnes. Also, a 4-mile-long ramp built to roll the cupola into place is an absolute engineering wonder.
To the north of the sanctum lies the shrine of Goddess Brihan Nayaki, which is appreciated for the grandeur of the idol and splendid stone frescoes.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|