July end will go down in my travel diary as one of the best trips Ive ever had this year. And I must thank a few people for this. First and foremost, my uncle, second, my mother and then, a couple of friends Sivaram and VJ Kumar and my father for not missing my mother’s absence πŸ™‚

So where did I go ? I was in interior Tamilnadu and was lured by the art and architecture of the Chola kings- Raja Raja 1, Rajendra Chola and Raja Raja 11 , all built between the 11th and 12th century. Words defy me as I stood near the Big or the Brihadeshwara temple at Thanjavur whose Vimana is a staggering 216 feet tall, the Brihadeshwara temple at Gangai Konda cholapuram, the forgotten capital of Rajendra Chola and Darasuram of Raja Raja II. When someone asked me how I felt, I said – humbled !


  1. Aaarti 5 August, 2008 at 16:18 Reply


    love the 1st n 2nd pic… which temple is this???? entha ooru?

    :)cute pic of mom n perippa[he’s looking totally content n lost in thots]…:)

  2. Dee Dee 6 August, 2008 at 09:16 Reply

    Lakshmi…fantastic photos…I love the architecture..the elephants are amazing..So glad you had such a successful trip…good blessings for you and yours…

  3. Merisi 6 August, 2008 at 20:21 Reply

    Very impressive! I am afraud I cannot even imagine the grandezza of this place and the atmosphere around it, never having seen anything like it in real life.

    Those stairs with the elephants are out of this world!

  4. Sivaram Kannan 6 August, 2008 at 23:21 Reply

    Wow… you have quite a way to capture a beauty (bow). I have been to this the temple a number of times from when I was very young and this one still never stops to amaze me. I still have to visit a lot of temple in the list I gave you, hope it happens sometime soon.

    I really can’t believe Aarthi, the first commenter asking what temple is this? Is she really serious? And thanks for the thanks πŸ˜‰

  5. Aaarti 6 August, 2008 at 23:49 Reply

    hey lakshmi..
    Looking fwd to reading more about your trip…. was showing gramma some of the posts, she was like ‘i shall learn and sit and check them out”… πŸ™‚

    Siva- well,i asked entha ooru cos i knew she was travelling to many places..:)

    I’ve not been to these places, its only now that i’ve been bitten by that ravel bug and exploring places around TN…

  6. Vivek M 8 August, 2008 at 00:21 Reply

    lovely pictures… isn’t history a pleasure when it involves travelling! I did a similar trail a few months back and learnt more about the Cholas in a few days time than I had after years of history lessons.

  7. Avi 8 August, 2008 at 15:28 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi,

    Your post brought back a flood of memories of my trip to Thanjavur a decade ago.

    The sheer engineering feat of the temple!

    I was mesmerized back then and now by the place.

    Must visit again πŸ™‚

    Thanks – Avi

  8. Priyank 14 August, 2008 at 10:19 Reply

    Hey Lakshmi, these pictures are beautiful. Fortunately they are not oil-painting the temples and the natural color looks splendid.
    btw, the third thumbnail (is that your mom?) is not loading.

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