Gangaikonda Cholpauram temple, is a hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Gangaikonda cholapuram in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. It is one of the largest temples in India and is an example of
dravidian architecture built by the Chola dynasty.
It was built by Rajendra Chola I during early 11th Century.
Rajendra Chola I wanted to emulate the temple built by his father after his victory in the ganges over the Pala Dynasty.The entire temple is built using granite. During the time of Rajendra Chola I, the temple had 3 stories
and was surrounded by a huge fort like wall. The outer wall was demolished by the british in 1896 Ad, for using as a building material (granite rocks) for the construction of Dams. The Vimanam (temple tower) is 180ft high and is modelled similar to the Brihadeeswarar temple at Thanjavur.
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