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... Across the street from there is the big kahuna, the 12th Century Airavatesvara Temple.
Excerpts from UNESCO's Summary: The Airavatesvara temple was built by the Chola king Rajaraja II (1143-1173 CE.). It is much smaller in size as compared to the Brihadisvara temple at Tanjavur and Gangaikondacholapuram. It differs from them in its highly ornate execution. ...The front mandapa known in ...
... it puts the “Five Rathas” from Mammallapuram into context. These are the “chariots” that the ruins are modelled after. They seem to be modelled after temples in a bout of circular referencing. A few of the usual shrines and statues covered in burnt butter lead up to the inner sanctum. This had been bricked up and did not inspire photography. Around the sanctum were, in clockwise order, an elephant, a tree, and a drain. The elephant was depressing. ...
... showing on the computer the pictures of India we’d taken. We stopped at every station, and just before a major station we were standing, taking pictures with our fellow passengers, and congratulating ourselves on a comfortable and successful train trip, when suddenly we realised something had changed. Hundreds of people were clambering onto the train, and our carriage was overflowing with people, including a group of servicewomen. People were sitting on ...
... wood three metres high.
Our first stop is 35km north of Kumbakonam at the Gangaikondacholampuram (City of the Chola who conquered the Ganges) Temple, in a little village, and is also dedicated to Shiva, and was built in the 11th century, and has many similarities to the earlier Brihadishwara temple at Thanjavur which we are visiting this afternoon. The temple is set in green lawns, with a high wall all around, and entered through a high gateway. ...
... mandalas sprinkled in white powder on the ground in front of the main door, to bring good luck. People were very friendly, saying hello and asking “Which country?” Very relieved to come across a guy doing a roaring trade selling coconuts from a wooden cart. After drinking the juice he would cut it in half with his huge machete (I checked, he still had all his fingers!) and slice a section of the outside as a scoop to scrape the meat out. ...