A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


Thanjavur is the hub of South Indian art and architecture – a cradle of civilization for many dynasties. It earned name and fame during reign of the Chola dynasty. Most of the great Chola temples are recognised by UNESCO under World Heritage Monuments.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


Tanjore is the anglicised version of Thanjavur. There are different explanations for how the place got its name. ‘Thanjavur’ is either derived from the asura Tanjan, who is believed to have to have been killed by the Hindu God Vishnu.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


Tanjore is known as the “rice bowl of Tamil Nadu” as the entire area is surrounded by rivers and green paddy fields. Some say the name is derived from ‘Than-sei-oor’ which actually denotes a place surrounded by rivers and paddy fields.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore

Thanjavur is home to over 90 temples, each for different deities. There is an exquisitely decorated shrine of Murugan which is visited by devotees across India as well as tourists from abroad.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


The most prominent worshipping place is Brahadishwara Temple, which is believed to be built by Rajaraja Chola during the 11th century. Brahadishwara Temple comes under UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore

The Tanjore silk sarees are famous for gold embroidery all over, ‘zari’, as it’s called in India. Their intricate designs and handiwork make them unique and expensive.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


The place is resonating with art and music. Tiruvaiyaru, the place where great musician Thyagaraja lived, is close to Tanjore. Musicians from all over the country visit this place to participate in the Thyagaraja Aradhana which is held annually.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore

Another specialty of Tanjore are the dolls. Whoever visits this place is sure to buy these richly decked colourful bobble-headed dolls, which are kept as souvenirs.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


The stone art inspired from mythology is another specialty of this place. We can find mythical characters etched in these ‘lifeless stones’, almost as if they’re about to come to life.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore

Tanjore is famous for its painting style known as Tanjore Painting which is popular around the world. Instead of the artificial paint, the artists use natural colours to work on glass or metal sheets, mainly depicting extracts from Hindu mythology.

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore



A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore

A Journey to the Heart of Tanjore


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