History : - For about 250 years, Chola clan ruled over a large part of South India. In those times, the Chola dynasty was at its apex and conquered many a parts of the northern territory. The wealth was brimming due to the outcome of their booming war operations. On one of the expeditions, Rajendra Chola brought Ganga water in a golden pot and consecrated the reservoir 'Ponneri or Cholaganga'. Consequently, Rajendra was titled as 'Gangaikondan' (the one who brought the Ganges). The king wanted to erect a 'larger than life' temple correspondent to the Brihadeeswara Temple. During 1020 - 29 AD, Gangaikondacholapuram saw its construction.
Architecture : - The superb architecture of the temple boasts of a 9 storey vimanam that extends to the height of 185 feet. Facing the east direction, Gangai Konda Cholapuram embraces incredible sculptures and carvings. Not less than 54.86m in height, the temple structure follows the style of Brihadisvara Temple. The whole temple is thrived with rich and intricate carvings that are exclusive to Chola style of artistry. Known to comprise a little northern style, the structure embraces intricate carvings in the Vimanams.
Questo tempio è famoso per la testa del Buddha, che si trova nelle radici dell'albero. Questa immagine è un segno distintivo della città. Il tempio fu incendiato durante l'invasione birmana del Siam nel 1767. Al momento, questo tempio era il Monastero Reale. Ora, le rovine del tempio e seduto in un certo numero di statue di Buddha, che non hanno testa
This temple is famous for the head of the Buddha, which is found in the roots of the tree. This image is a hallmark of the city. The temple was burned during the Burmese invasion of Siam in 1767. At the time, this temple was the Royal Monastery. Now, the ruins of the temple are sitting in a number of statues of Buddha, which have no head
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