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Tanjore Collection

Tanjore, a city in Tamil Nadu, India, is home to the magnificent Sri Brihadeswara Temple

Background imageTanjore Collection: Shiva lingam in 10th century temple of Sri Brihadeswara

Shiva lingam in 10th century temple of Sri Brihadeswara (Brihadisvara), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu, India, Asia

Background imageTanjore Collection: Emboss Lord Bal Krishna Tanjore Painting

Emboss Lord Bal Krishna Tanjore Painting
3609933 Emboss Lord Bal Krishna Tanjore Painting by Indian School; Private Collection; Dinodia

Background imageTanjore Collection: Rajaraja Chola inspects the bas-relief of his exploits at Tanjure 995 AD (litho)

Rajaraja Chola inspects the bas-relief of his exploits at Tanjure 995 AD (litho)
1266158 Rajaraja Chola inspects the bas-relief of his exploits at Tanjure 995 AD (litho) by Ruith, Horace van (1839-1923); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTanjore Collection: Great pagoda and stone bull Tanjore, India, Samuel Bourne

Great pagoda and stone bull Tanjore, India, Samuel Bourne
19th century vintage photograph - great pagoda and stone bull Tanjore, India, Samuel Bourne photographer

Background imageTanjore Collection: Fletchers defence of the redoubt at Tanjore, illustration from Cassell

Fletchers defence of the redoubt at Tanjore, illustration from Cassell
876352 Fletchers defence of the redoubt at Tanjore, illustration from Cassells Illustrated History of India by James Grant, pub

Background imageTanjore Collection: Pagoda of Brihadeeswarar Temple or Peruvudaiyar

Pagoda of Brihadeeswarar Temple or Peruvudaiyar Kovil, Thanjavur, India. Handcoloured copperplate drawn and engraved by Andrea Bernieri from Giulio Ferrarios Ancient

Background imageTanjore Collection: Raja Shivaji, last Raja of Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Raja Shivaji, last Raja of Thanjavur (Tanjore), Bhonsie dynasty. Seated on a carpet, waited on by courtiers and servants. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Bonatti after Francois Solvyns

Background imageTanjore Collection: Fletchers defense of the redoubt at Tanjore (1771) (engraving)

Fletchers defense of the redoubt at Tanjore (1771) (engraving)
653783 Fletchers defense of the redoubt at Tanjore (1771) (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fletchers defense of the redoubt at Tanjore (1771)

Background imageTanjore Collection: Shrine to the sacred bull Nandi, Brihadisvara Temple, Tanjore, India (b / w photo)

Shrine to the sacred bull Nandi, Brihadisvara Temple, Tanjore, India (b / w photo)
5996601 Shrine to the sacred bull Nandi, Brihadisvara Temple, Tanjore, India (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Shrine to the sacred bull Nandi)

Background imageTanjore Collection: India: Moat and Ramparts, Tanjore (engraving)

India: Moat and Ramparts, Tanjore (engraving)
6007490 India: Moat and Ramparts, Tanjore (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Moat and Ramparts, Tanjore)

Background imageTanjore Collection: A man with his ox, c. 1825 (pencil, pen, black ink, w / c, on Whatman paper)

A man with his ox, c. 1825 (pencil, pen, black ink, w / c, on Whatman paper)
1196920 A man with his ox, c. 1825 (pencil, pen, black ink, w/c, on Whatman paper) by Indian School, (19th century); 38.7x25.4 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Indian, out of copyright

Background imageTanjore Collection: The Indian Section of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, Specimens of Native Art Workmanship

The Indian Section of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, Specimens of Native Art Workmanship (engraving)
1062035 The Indian Section of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, Specimens of Native Art Workmanship (engraving) by English School

Background imageTanjore Collection: The sacred cow of Tanjore, India (chromolitho)

The sacred cow of Tanjore, India (chromolitho)
2788723 The sacred cow of Tanjore, India (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The sacred cow of Tanjore, India)

Background imageTanjore Collection: Pagoda at Ramisseram, 1803 (colour aquatint)

Pagoda at Ramisseram, 1803 (colour aquatint)
1196945 Pagoda at Ramisseram, 1803 (colour aquatint) by Salt, Henry (1780-1827) (after); 48x68 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageTanjore Collection: The Great Pagoda, Tanjore (engraving)

The Great Pagoda, Tanjore (engraving)
3654335 The Great Pagoda, Tanjore (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Great Pagoda, Tanjore)

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Bags of paint powder to be used to celebrate the Holi festival

Background imageTanjore Collection: Asia; Asian; Ethnic; Horizontal; India; Indian; Market; Tamil Nadu; Tanjore; Thanjavur

Asia; Asian; Ethnic; Horizontal; India; Indian; Market; Tamil Nadu; Tanjore; Thanjavur
India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Bags of paint powder to be used to celebrate the Holi festival

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Detail of the gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Portrait of a pilgrim at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Pilgrims at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Detail of the script engraved into the walls of the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, The gopuram at the entrance to the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Statue of a hindu god at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Pilgrims at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Pilgrims at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Pilgrims at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Pilgrims at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Pilgrims at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

Background imageTanjore Collection: Architecture; Asia; Asian; Ethnic; Female; Group; India; Indian; People; Tamil Nadu; Tanjore

Architecture; Asia; Asian; Ethnic; Female; Group; India; Indian; People; Tamil Nadu; Tanjore
India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Pilgrims at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Statue of a hindu god at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Vegetable seller in the market at Tanjore

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India, Tamil Nadu, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Vegetable seller in the market at Tanjore



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Tanjore, a city in Tamil Nadu, India, is home to the magnificent Sri Brihadeswara Temple. This 10th-century temple houses the sacred Shiva lingam and stands as a testament to the architectural brilliance of the Chola dynasty. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this grand structure showcases intricate bas-reliefs depicting the exploits of Rajaraja Chola himself. The historical significance extends beyond its temples. In 995 AD, Rajaraja Chola personally inspected his achievements at this very site. The Monster Gun also adds to its allure, reminding visitors of its military prowess. Not only does Tanjore boast cultural heritage but also natural beauty. The Great Pagoda and stone bull are awe-inspiring sights captured by Samuel Bourne's lens. These images transport us into an era where artistry and spirituality intertwined seamlessly. Tanjore's history is not without tales of valor either. Fletchers' defense of the redoubt in 1771 showcases bravery amidst conflict while Raja Shivaji serves as a reminder of Thanjavur's last ruling monarch. Within the Brihadisvara Temple lies another symbol of devotion - Nandi, Lord Shiva's sacred bull. This shrine captivates with its solemnity and gracefulness. As we explore Tanjore further, we encounter enchanting scenes such as moats and ramparts that once protected this ancient city from invaders. These engravings depict an era long gone but still resonate with echoes from centuries past. India has always been known for its rich culture and heritage; however, it is places like Tanjore that truly bring these stories to life through their architecture, artistry, and legends passed down through generations.