|Thanjavur big Temple - Huge nandi and Mantap.team-bhp.com|
|Big temple tower and nandi mantap, Thanjavur. team-bhp.com|
Above image: In the above image, the entrance tower of the temple (foreground), nandi (bull) mantapam and the shrine (tall tower) containing the sanctum (garbagraha /srikovil) all fall in the same straight axis. This is true of both Shiva and Vishnu temples. In the latter, Garuda - God Vishnu's mount (eagle) is facing the shrine of God Vishnu.
|2010 -1000 years completed. Big temple,Thanjavur.Indian stamp ghar.|
|Thanjavur big temple flagpole bottopm part(copper) team-bhp.com|
|Bronze Statue of Raja Raja Cholan aka Prince Arul Mozhi VarmanMr.Che Tamil News|
Rajaraja Chola I (reign: c. 985 – c. 1014 CE) of the Chola Dynasty in South India has the unique honor of being the first ruler to have built the world's first temple (structure) entirely of granite in the 11th century AD. No other ruler anywhere in the world had done this great feat. The massive Cupola over the tower (ornate gopuram upper section of shrine) right above the garbagraha (sanctum) is believed to have a mass of around 80 tonnes of granite rock. It was the tallest temple in south India long time ago. The unique feature of this temple is it is built of interlocking stones with well-ground lime mortar as binding material.
|Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple Nandi Mantap. myjourneysinindia.blogspot.com|
With respect to the size of Nandi, there is a legend that says with progress of time the Nandi had begun to grow and at one stage, it was feared, the mantap was not good enough for it. To stop further growth, a big nail was driven in the back of nandi and since then the size had remained same. No more growth.
Yet another story goes like this: The nandi grew to the present size due to the presence of a live toad inside the massive rock. By driving a hole into the back of nandi, the critter was removed to a sacred pond near-by called Manduga Theertham. That spot is fully covered and rebuilt in the form of a well on the north side of Prakara near the Sabhapathi mantap. Even today one can see the cracks in the back of nandi, purportedly the spot from which the toad was removed. How could a live toad inside the rock will make it grow ? There is no scientific explanation for this available as of today and this may compel us to set it aside as a matter of conjecture. On the pillars of the nandi mantap one can see two stone carved images. Those are Nayak ruler Sevvappa, first ruler and his son Achyutappa nayak.
The stone bull at Thanjavur is the largest one in India , next to the stone bull in Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, India, 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Hindupur.
|Inscripstions and temple tower,Thanjavur , team-bhp.com|
|Jan. 2015Mattupongal day, big temple nandi. thehindu.com/|
Above image: January, 2015: In the mantapam in front of the Sri Brahadeeswarar Shrine, Thanjavur on the Mattu Pongal day pujas were also offered to a herd of 108 cows on the occasion. The nandi was decorated with fruits and vegetables, including sweets offered by the devotees on Pongal Day. The bull was decorated by priests with special prayers as a mark of thanksgiving to the nandi. Later the 'deeparathanai' was witnessed by thousands of devotees, including hundreds of foreign tourists. The offerings would be cooked and distributed to the devotees following day. It is said that more than five tonnes of fruits and vegetables were used in the special alankaram for the nandi. A herd of 108 cows was aligned around the Nandi Mandapam for which people and priests offered go puja.
http:// www. thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/befitting-treat-for-big-temple-nandi/article6795919.ece