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“It was constructed by Rajendra Chola, the only son of RajaRaja Chola.”

Gangaikonda Cholapuram
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7-Night Tour: Cultural Heritages of Tamil Nadu
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The pages of Chola history will be blank if Rajendra Chola were to be left with out proper mentioning. It is Rajendra Cholan who conquered the whole north India upto Ganges and Java, Sumatra, Malay, Eelam, Kadaram, Kazhakam and other island. He proved his military prowess by crossing the river Ganges by forming bridge of elephants. RajaRajan was able to rule the entire Chola Mandalam peacefully because of the military vigour and valour of his son Rajendra Cholan. After him Rajendra Chola constructed a temple very similar to that the Big Temple, Thanjavur and called it as Gangai konda Cholapuram. Very beautiful Siva Temple but not at par with the Big Temple of Thanjavur. Gangai konda Cholapuram is very familiar for its Siva Temple and huge lake behind the temple. The inner corridor of that temple will be always humid and the sun rays will directly glitter on the Prime deity. But the construction was incomplete. and the maintenance of the temple by the ASI is not up to the mark. Rajendra Chola tried his level best to bring closer to the elegance and grandeur of the Big Temple, Thanjavur but succeeded 40% only. The general public who visit this temple are requested to maintain the sanctity of the temple and leave it in a better position for posterity.

Date of experience: December 2012
4  Thank ELAVALAGAN
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

The imposing gopuram, sculptures carved out of stones which depicts chola periods'culture and ornaments!!

Date of experience: May 2012
Thank chitraraveendran
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Great workmanship.
The architecture had been planned in such a way that the sun rays fall on the main Deity. Even if there is no power, lights, we can see the main Deity.
Regret the conservation is poor.
We are not competent to preserve such monuments for our future generations.

Date of experience: September 2012
3  Thank Chinnasamianbumalar
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

This temple was built by the Chola emperor Rajendra the great.His intention was to create a marvel which could rival the beauty of the Bragadeeshwara temple in Thanjavoor.

And no wonder that this temple has almost all the characteristic aspects of the Bragadeeshwara temple which was built by Rajendra's father Rajaraja the great.

Regards,

Mksrini.

Date of experience: August 2012
Thank mksrini
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Long drive along bumpy roads to get there. Worth visiting despite the remote location. Absolutely no tourist infrastructure around despite the importance of this UNESCO world heritage site. Plan to spend at least an hour or two two wander around and take in the splendour of the architecture.

Date of experience: July 2012
Thank IndoCanadian
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