Thanjavur rose to glory during the Later Chola reign between the 10th and 14th Centuries and became a centre of learning and culture. It is the headquarters of the district of the same name. Thanjavur district, the 'Rice Bowl' of Tamil Nadu, is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and south Indian Musical instruments.
PLACES TO VISIT THANJAVUR:-
Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple
Built by the great Chola King, Raja Raja l in the 10th century AD is an outstanding example of Chola Architecture.
Thiruvaiyaru (13 kms.)
Where the famous Saint Thygaraja lived and attained eternity. A music festival is held every January in honour of the saint.
The Palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and Partly by the Marathas. Art Gallery: in the palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola Period. Timings 9.00- 13.00 hrs. Wednesday holiday.
(in the Palace garden) Built in 1779 AD by Rajah Serfoji in token of his affection for the Rev. C.V. Schwartz of the Danish mission.
The 8-storey victory tower was built by Rajah Serfoji in 1814 in memory of the victory of the English against Napolean at Waterloo.
Situated near the palace this tank is known for its sweet water. Tamil University (7Kms.): Established in 1981, is engaged in research and advance studies in Tamil.
Darasuram (34 kms.) :
This temple is dedicated to Lord Siva, was built by Rajendra Chola. Daraswaram is also a silk weaving centre. Thirubuvanam (45 kms.): 13th century Chola temple dedicated to Lord Siva.
Tiruvarur (55 kms.)
The Thyagarajaswami Temple here has the biggest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu. This is the birth place of Saint Thyagraja- One of the Musical Trinity.
Temple of Brahmasirekandeswarar and Harshavimochana Perumal.
Kumbakonam (36 kms) :
Famous for Sarangapani, Kumbeswarar, Negeswara and the Ramaswamy temples. Mahamagam congregation takes place once in 12 years; last held in 1992.
Swamimalai (32 kms) :
One of the six Abodes (Arupadaiveedu) dedicated to Lord Subramanya.