City: Thanjavur State: Tamil Nadu Location: South India Year of Construction: 1003 and 1010 A.D. Constructed By: Raja Raja Cholan Type of Construction: Ancient Type of Building: Temple Religion: Hinduism Best Time: Winter Visit Timings: 9 a.m to 1. p.m., 2.p.m. to 6.p.m. Entry Formalities: Ticket Rs.3 Accesibility: Thanjavur is accessible by road and train from most cities of Tamil Nadu, which includes of course Madras. Trichy has an airport with flights from Madras and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and is also an important railhead. Gangaikondacholapuram is 71 kilometers from Thanjavur. The city of Kumbakonam is 40 kilometers from Thanjavur and a further five kilometers brings you to Darasuram About Thanjavur Templs in Thanjavur Tamil Nadu : Tanjore, also known as Thanjavur or Thanjavoor is located on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu. Also called the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, Tanjore is famous for many reasons since the time of Cholas. The name itself has many interesting legends related to it. According to one of them, Tanjore probably was called Tanjai. The other legends attribute the name of the city to Tanjam, a demon who was haunting the locality and was destroyed by God Vishnu. However, apart from these legends Tanjore also has a sound history of different dynasties that ruled over it. The Cholas conquered Thanjavoor in about 850 A.D. replacing the Mutharayar Chiefs and made it their capital. The Cholas ruled over Tamil Nadu for more than 400 years (850 to 1279) and have left an imperishable mark on its history. Besides the Cholas, the southern part of the Indian peninsula was also ruled by Pallavas, Pandyas and Cheras. The present day Tanjore is the headquarters of the Tanjore District.
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