Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great temples...Tanjavore & Kumbhakonam

We planned this trip in 2009 Dassarah holidays...Thats on 28th Sept'2009....Kumbakonam and Tanjavore..Our first destination was Kumbakonam and we started in the early hours of Sunday at 7 am by Jana Shatabdhi,and reached at 12.30 hrs...The station was damn quite.Initially nothing found in that place to make us feel like we were in a tourist place.On enquiry we learnt that the temples will reopen after 4 pm only...Had some homemade food we carried with us and relaxed in a rest room for a couple of hours..We caught a cab to visit the temples.




There are around 6 temples worth seeing.Kasi Viswanatha temple,Nageswara Swamy temple,Rama Swamy temple,Adi Kumbheswara Swamy temple,Someswara Swamy temple and Sarangapani temple are among them..Maha maham tank is another spot having historical prominence..As its Dassarah time the roads and temples are illuminated with festive glory...The place reflects typical Tamilnadu cluture..The temples are very big but there is lack of maintenance in some....In Adi Kumbheswara Swamy temple the "Bommala koluvu" was excellent..

After seeing all temples we started to Tanjavore on the same day by bus.Stayed in a hotel that night and morning we got to visit Bruhadeeswara temple.There is no proper traffic control and the places near bus stand are very untidy with garbage and all....Irregular traffic caused much inconvenience...

Just hearing a little about the Tanjavore temple,I stepped in to the premises without a blank impression..My god what a temple!!!! Its just amazing..No words to describe the sculptural beauty and architecture..It is an example of excellent architecture of  Cholas..It was built by Raja raja chola..We also visited Palace which is just 1 km away from temple,Art gallery and Saraswathi Mahal Library made by Raja Sarfoji..The art gallery has a fabulous collection of bronze icons..We met a Tanjavur painter..They are people with god gifted talent..:-)






The very famous Saraswathi mahal Library.....



A must see place in India..People who like to visit temples and love architecture must visit this once..But it will be a good experience for everyone if Govt. maintain the place a bit clean in a healthy way.I will say that it is the second place worth seeing in South India after Meenakshi temple,Madhurai.

26 comments:

Dee said...

WOWWW !
MY HOME TOWN :)
feeling great to see them in pics and in words !
Thanks for sharing :)
its Thanjavur :)
-Dee...

Kajal said...

I am amazed indeed. Love the colored statue.. we are such a beautiful nation ... so many colors and customs and places to visit. Totally love it.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. I will never get tired of visiting this place.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Dee,ha.ha..I'm expecting a comment from u..:-)Yaa ur hometown is a heavenly place with such a great temples..You are lucky to born there..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ kajal,
Thank you so much kajal..:-)South is famous for beautiful temples..there are so many yet to see..:-)Proud of our cultural heritage..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Rajesh,
Thank you so much..:-)Even we want to visit Tanjavur again..I think 2 days are not enough to see it in detail...Great temple..

DeepaK KarthiK (420*) said...

@Nagini:) certainly ji :) am proud of that... thanks for sharing :) good work

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Dee,
You are most welcome Deepak..:-)Thnaks for your sweet comments..:-)

Arti said...

Gorgeous pictures, the place is beautiful and so is your post! The Wonderful...!

Team G Square said...

Wow , wonderful temples ......... Lovely pictures.

Hariharan Valady said...

Tanjore temple is a treat, anytime. I have visited a few years back. Your photographs enabled me to relive the old memories.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Arti,
Thank you for ur lovely comment..:-)A must visit temple in India..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Team G suare,
Thank you so much..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Hariharan Valady,
So True..Its a visual treat.Thank you..:-)Welcome to my blog..:-)

Ranjana's craft blog said...

I had visited Tanjavur 4 years back...your post made me to relish the memories...Yes its a nice city

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ranjana,
Thank you for ur sweet comment..:-)

magiceye said...

beautiful post with lovely pics and wonderful narration

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Magiceye,
Thank you so much ..:-)

Vetrimagal said...

Lovely pictures. When we travelled to those places , 39 years back, we clicked in black and white!!
Thanks for sharing.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Vetrimagal,
Thank you so much for stopping by and thank u for commenting...Pls keep visiting..:-)

శేఖర్ (Sekhar) said...

Great Architecture :))

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Thanks for the comment Sekhar gaaru..Yeah its really wonderful place..:-)

Ranj said...

Tanjavur Temple was simply an awesome place to visit. Can't wait to revisit in two weeks time :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ranj,
Thanks a lot for dropping by..:-)All the best for ur visit..:-)

Sravya Vattikuti said...

Awesome !

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Sravya gaaru,
Thank you so much for dropping by..:-)