"The Great Living Chola Temples were built by kings of the Chola Empire, which stretched over all of south India and the neighbouring islands. The site includes three great 11th- and 12th-century Temples:
= Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur,
= Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram (missing)
= Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram (missing)
The Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram, built by Rajendra I, was completed in 1035. Its 53-m vimana (sanctum tower) has recessed corners and a graceful upward curving movement, contrasting with the straight and severe tower at Thanjavur. The Airavatesvara temple complex, built by Rajaraja II, at Darasuram features a 24-m vimana and a stone image of Shiva. The temples testify to the brilliant achievements of the Chola in architecture, sculpture, painting and bronze casting."
Source: UNESCO World Heritage
Postcard 1A - Thanjavur
Brihadeshwara Temple of Tanjore, South India is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva dating back the the 11th century. Beautiful stamps used. Thanks to Sita of India.
Postcard 1B - Thanjavur
Another postcard Sri Brihadeesarar Temple at Thanjavur, Tamilnadu. Thanks to Michael of Germany who visiting India.