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Paul left Tamil Nadu (here on TE) and went to Kerala. What a pity he hasn't visited the temples of Thanjavur (now Tanjore). Part of UNESCO World Heritage list, Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple is one of the best of Tamil Nadu’s temple towns. Built by Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD , the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also referred to “Dhakshina Meru of the south”.
It is one of the most mysterious temples of the world.
1. It is believed that it has more than 100 underground passages.
2. Huge capstone of the temple is the biggest mystery. The capstone has a weight of 80 tons. Considering the period when it was built, it is probably impossible to lift such a huge stone and place it high in a height of 216 feet. The only medium of strong carriers were elephants. It seems completely mysterious to think how they made it happen just with elephants. With the same capstone there comes the engineering marvel too. It was built in such a manner that the shadow of the head capstone never hits the ground. People renowned in the field of architecture still wonder this architectural marvel.
It was built in such a manner that the shadow of the head capstone never hits the ground. Besides, on the top there are 8 nandis carved from one stone.
3. The entire temple was built using granite stones. The mystery doesn't lie in this but in the close neighborhood as far as archaeological evidence suggest there were no traces of granite sources. It is said all these were brought 60 km afar just using the only way of carriers-The elephants.
The stones are granite, the material very hard to process. The construction was made by interlocking the stones, without using any binding material.

Yesterday I was looking for some old pictures and I found that there are no photos in the Christiane -Cricri - page. Thousands of photos, critiques all is gone. I was very very sad. She is an excellent photographer and was very active on TE for more than 10 years. She lost her mother and wanted to share her feelings of sorrow with us. She dedicated a photo of a tulip for the mother. What was later you can imagine.

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