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An early start is never good and I slept badly. We left at 7:30am and headed for the main temple complex. Sadly much of it was under repair, covered in wooden scaffolding and sheeting. Little or no health and safety here. Some exquisite carvings and amazing columned halls. Some super photo opportunities as well. The trip to the nearby dam was …
We drove East to Thanjavur, a World Heritage Site. Its Chola temple complex was indeed magnificent, dating back 1,000 years. Lucas did rather go on about all the Hindu gods and goddesses and all their various forms, which was helpful but I think we all got a bit bored. The complex itself was impressive, with some amazing carvings of deities and …
In the afternoon we got a tuk tuk over the river to the Temples at Srirangam. Temples like this are seen all over Tamil Nadu and they are decorated with animals and people and brightly painted
and quite exquisite. Unfortunately this complex of temples was all shrouded in netting and plastic as they were being renovated and repainted. Disappointing not to be able to see them!
... between the deity images are panels showing positions of classical dance.
Upon careful observation one can find the British presence on the stone carvings of the temple, with a few portraits of an English lady and an English Man carved out along with other depictions.
We next go to the museum where we could see many of the monolithic carvings of the Cholas ranging back to as old as 10th century.
... This was also the wrong bus. A couple of stops later we were kicked off (without paying) and told to wait for bus number 1. A few minutes later bus number 1 arrived and we tried again. Third time was indeed the charm. Still have no idea why the first two buses weren't the correct number 1.
The first temple was Jambukeswarar. The legend of this temple involves two disciples that were turned into an elephant and a spider. They started off as a team looking after ...