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Old January 20th, 2013, 07:21 PM   #941
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Epigraph & Sculpture at Palace museum

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"Classical Divine Thamizh" Language was developed by Pandya dynasty by forming three Association/club known as Thalai Sangam, Idai Sangam, Kadai Sangam.

  • Thalai Sangam/ First Association was formed at "Kabadapuram" Old Capital of Pandya dynasty. Now engulfed by Ocean.
  • Idai Sangam/ Second Association was formed at "Korkai or South Madurai". (Pandya dynasty then shifted their capital to Madurai after Kabadapuram vanished by ocean.)
  • Kadai Sangam/ Third Association was formed at "Present Madurai"
Books name AGATHIYAM, IYNTHIRAM of Thalai Sangam become extinct... Those books are believed to be older than our oldest Thamizh grammer "Tholkappiyam"...




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Old January 20th, 2013, 07:43 PM   #943
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Evolution of our language from 3rd Century B.C to 19th Century A.D

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Tourist from abroad were amazed to see script of our language... But our beloved citizens have scribbled their love stories over it.... ...take a close look, you will be able to find in wall & that yellow board...

I myself saw one girl writing something over newly renovated pillar........
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SCULPTURES of 10th Century A.D



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Old January 21st, 2013, 01:43 PM   #946
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Where is/was Then Madurai?
Then Madurai was said to be in "Ilamooriya" Continent, South of Kanyakumari - the tamil predominant continent quoted in literatures as got sinked in Indian Ocean. There are few evidences having "Kumariyaaru" and "Pakruliyaaru" as the Perennial rivers of that continent, one flowing through Then Madurai.

Great Pictures on Madurai Palace - Thanks Karthick !
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 12:11 PM   #948
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Mega Music Festival in Trichy in December 2013 on the lines of Margazhi Music Festival of Chennai --------------Conducted by Department of Arts and Culture


Lifetime achievement award conferred on senior artiste

TIRUCHI, January 22, 2013
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recognition:R. Gunasekaran, second from left, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, presenting the 'TCM lifetime achievement award' to J. Venkataraman in Tiruchi on Sunday.photo: A. Muralitharan

Conferring of ‘TCM Lifetime Achievement Award’ on J.Venkataraman, a noted vidwan and ‘pallavi’ master, was the highlight of the day-long celebrations organised by Tiruchi Carnatic Musicians, a facebook forum of a group of musicians, in the city on Sunday. The award is in honour of his unique style and his contribution for the promotion of carnatic music.

A citation presented on the occasion described him as a champion of the ‘Alathur’ tradition of music and attributed his popularity to his expertise in ‘pallavi’.

He had conducted workshops and demonstrations on ‘ragam, taanam, pallvi’, at various institutions and sabhas. The Music Academy, Madras, conferred on him the title ‘Sangita Kala Acharya’. Mr.Venkatarakan retired as an ‘A’ grade artiste of the Tiruchi station of All India Radio.

During his stint at the AIR, he had organised numerous music shows and thematic programmes. He was also involved in radio programmes for training learners in music.

Presenting the award, R.Gunasekaran, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, lauded the TCM facebook members for organising the function. He referred to the hard work put in by Mr.Venkataraman in achieving the accolades in his life

. Referring to the contribution of Tiruchi region in promoting carnatic music, he said that the Department of Art and Culture would organise a music festival in the city in coordination with the musicians in the region some time around December this year on the lines of the ‘Margazhi music festival’ in Chennai.

He appealed to young musicians and music learners to participate. T.V.Ramanujacharlu, violinist, said that Mr.Venkataraman was noted for his handling of ‘alapana’, and was respected by eminent artistes.

S.Thiagarajan, secretary, Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Sabha, Tiruchi, K.Ramesh, managing trustee, Nadhadweepam Sangeetha Gurukulam and Trust, and R.Thayumanavan, mridangam vidwan, spoke on Mr.Venkataraman’s commitment to the cause of promoting carnatic music.

In his acceptance address, Mr. Venkataraman said his life has not been a bed of roses and he had to toil hard to achieve perfection. He said he was guided by his father K.V.Jayarama Iyengar, and Alathur Venkatesa Iyer, an eminent exponent, to whom he dedicated his achievement. I was blessed with good mentors and disciples, he recalled. He specifically narrated an incident to drive home the rigorous practcse he endured to learn the Alathur style. He offered to extend all assistance to music learners and members of TCM.

Later, Mr.Ramanujacharlu delivered a lecture cum demonstration.


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Wow....................This is a Great News

Very eagerly waiting for this Grand Festival in Trichy in December 2013

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‘Set up museum at yatri nivas’

TIRUCHI, January 22, 2013
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The Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association has urged the State government to set up a museum at the ‘yatri nivas’ that is under construction at Srirangam.

In a memorandum to Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, the association’s working president V.Rajaram, referred to the recent unearthing of ancient idols at the site and said that these idols should be displayed at the nivas for the benefit of tourists and pilgrims. He also pleaded for introduction of sound and light gallery at the nivas. Programmes such as live telecast of rituals being performed at Sri Ranganathar temple should be introduced, he said.


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A very Good Suggestion by the Cauvery Delta Farmers

Hope , Jaya accepts it and immediately sanctions a Musuem and Sound and Light Facility at Yatri Nivas in Srirangam

Hoping for the Best

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This is one of the few example where the new temples are built in old architecture style with government support.

This temple at Mecheri, Salem dt belongs to TN HR and CE. It took 15yrs to built this temple...

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SALEM, January 24, 2013

Over one lakh witness temple kumbhabishekam in Mecheri

TNSTC had operated special buses for the benefit of devotees


The kumbhabishekam of Arulmigu Badrakaliamman Temple at Mecheri in Salem was held on Wednesday.- PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Over one lakh devotees witnessed the kumbhabishekam of Arulmigu Badrakaliamman Temple in Mecheri Taluk here on Wednesday morning.

The temple, built in 12th century, is under the control of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. The renovation and restructuring work of the temple began in 1999 at a total cost of Rs. 15 crore, of which government contributed Rs. 2 crore.

Led by Inspector General of Police (West Zone) T.P. Sundaramoorthy, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Salem Range Sanjay Kumar, Superintendent of Police Ashwin M. Kotnis, around 800 police personnel were posted for duty on the temple premises.

Surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras were installed at many places, as police personnel monitored the movement of the crowd from two towers.

Transport department operated special buses for the benefit of devotees and annadhanam was held at many places.

Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palanisamy, Minister for HR and CE M.S.M. Anandan, Collector K. Maharabushanam, senior police officials, government officials participated in the Kumbabishekam

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Is there any specific reason for painting the gopurams in white colour rather than the traditional multi colour paints... I recently saw Thiruchendur Murugan, Madurai Meenakshi and Rameshwaram temple gopuram were in white colour..
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Dear Friends,

Kindly Click on the Madurai banner at the top and rate it 5-star so that we can try coming in top 100 banners.

Please pass this message to your friends and our neighbourhood friends..
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Friends, we all Know that Tanjore is Very Famous For its Big Temple


BRIHADEESWARA TEMPLE
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  • Period : 1010 A.D.
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BRIHADEESWARA TEMPLE, THANJAVUR


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Virtual Tour of Brihadeeswara temple, Thanjavur - through our website you can walk-around the Brihadeeswara temple virtually and get feel of being there in the temple.

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Brihadeeswara temple are attained prominence under the 9th-12th-century Chola rulers, who established one of their capitals here. the town maintained its importance in later times ans was a Nayaka strongholdin the 16th-17th centuries. The circilar fort surrounded by a moat dates from the 18th-century Maratha period. Within the fort stands the palace of the Nayakas, the celebrated Brihideeswara temple is situated to the south-west.

BRIHADEESWARA TEMPLE

Monumnetal in concept, design and execution, this temple is the greatest architectural achievement of the Chola era. It was a royal foundation inaugurated by Rajaraja I (c.985-1012), who personaaly donated the glided pot final at the summit of the tower.

The temple stands in the middle of a large rectangular court partly occupied by other smaller shrines. It is enteres on the easy through two gateways. The square sanctuary, which is surrounded by a narrow passageway, adjoins an antechamber and a long columned mandapa on the east, approached through an open porch. The double-storey pilastered walls of the sanctuary are aised ona high basement. This is adorned with yalis and makaras (top moulding) and covered with inscriptions relating the origins, construction and endowments of the temple. A seated gana supporrts a spout emerging from the sanctuary basement (north). In the middle of each side of the walls is a doorway flanked by guardian figures with clubs. Thw wall projections have niches occupied by fully modelled images, mostly of Shiva. Among the fines figures are Bikshatanamurti (east end of south wall), dancing Shiva (west end of north wall), Harihara (south end of west wall) and Ardhanarishvara (west end of north wall). Other divinities are carved in the semicircular niche tops. Attendant figures flank pilasters in pots that stand in the recesses.

The steeply pyramidal stone tower rises to height of about 66m (217ft). Thirteen diminishing storeys, each with pilastered walls, an eave and parapet, ascend dramatically to octagonal dome-like roof. Rajaraja's pot finial is still in place at the apex. The projection on the front (east) is partly obscures by later additions.

The walls of the antechamber are triplestoreyed, with doorways on the north and south sides. the acess steps are flanked by balustrades with curved tops and miniature figural panels on the sides. The long mandapa that extends eastwards is only partly completed; the sculptures in the wall niches are mostly unfinished. The entrance porch with an overhanging eave is an addition of the Nayak period; the peripheral columns are fashioned as earing beasts. The mandapa doorway in the porch is guarded by large figures with clubs.

In the middle of the sanctuary is a solossal linga 3.66m(12ft)high, which is elevated on a circular pedestal. The surrounding passageway is divided into chambers; sculptures here include a large standing Shiva image (north wall). Paintings also adorn the walls and ceiling, but these are only partly visible, being overlaid by later Nayaka murals. Among the Chola fragments are delicately coloured scenes of Shiva seated on a lion-skin with dancers and misicians, a royal visit to the temple at Chidambaram (west wall) and Shiva riding in a chariot drawn by Brahma (north wall). Carved on to the basement of the upper passageway walls is a series of 108 miniature dancers in different postures.

A short distance to the east of the temple is a tall lamp-column and a monolithic Nandi image sheltered by a 16th century pavilion. The pavilion has slender columns with carvings of devotees on the shafts. Among the subsidiary buildings is the Chandeshvara shrine, which faces southwards towards the main temple. The sanctuary of this small building is crowned with an octogonal roof; the basement and wall details imitate those of the main temple but on a smaller scale.

Another shrine north-west of the main temple is dedecated to Subrahmanya. This finely finished monument dates from the 17th century. It has delicately carved basement mouldings and wall pilasters. The parapet and tower are executed in in pilaster covered brickwork. A mandapa in the north-east corner of the enclosure belongs to the same era.

A treasury, museum and library are also included within the courtyard. Lining the enclosure walls is a colonnade with shrines for images of the Dikpalas. the two gateways on the east date from the Chola period. These impressive rectangular structures are dominated by pyramidal towers with vaulted roofs (the outer gateway is higher); sculptures are preserved on the upper storeys. Enormous guardian figures protect the east entrance to the inner gateway. Small carvings on the basement beneath illustrate Shaiva legends, such as the marriage of Shiva Parvathi, and Shiva protecting Markandeya.




Also, Tanjore is Famous for its Museums which have its Visitors all Across the Globe-----------------Here is a Document , i read from the Internet

This was Done as a Resaerch by Annamalai University Professor as an International Journal





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Yesterday I came to Thanjavore for my official work. I Visit Thanjai Big temple for first time. I was really impressed. I Entered the temple at around 8:10 PM only...I'm Unaware that temple will close at 8:30 PM itself...So I cant spend lot of time there. not more than 30 Minutes...

Really amazed to see Big statues of Nandhi & Lord Brihadeeswara statue.

My friend told me some of snippets about the temple...(Correct me if I'm wrong)...

  • He told that Chozha King Raja Rajan, Before starting any battle used to pray to Varahi Amman with his sword in big temple. And he remained undefeated in any battle.
  • Minute Art work in Lord Murugan shrine was built during Nayak period.
  • I saw one tree inside temple. which is believed to be a shelter of Lizard of lucky....
  • Tanjai big temple was built before British rule in India. But we can see one sculpture in Gopuram wearing glass & Hat.
  • Tomb at the top of the Gopuram was made of single rock...which weighs in Tonnes. Its still undiscovered that how could that Mega structure was laid at the top in those days without help of machines?....
I was really amazed about Architectural knowledge of our ancient Tamil Kings (Chera, Chozha, Pandyas)...And felt really proud...I want to visit big temple again when I come to Tanjai next time...



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Thanks for this, The acme of Chola (South India's) Architecture lay here
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One of these features is the construction of eight separate shrines for Ashta Digh Balakas, said to guard the eight directions, by Raja Raja Chola inside the temple complex with a separate tower (small vimana) for each shrine. These shrines were built according to Agama, Silpa and Vastu sastras. Raja Raja Chola installed Indira in the east, Agni in the south-east, Yama in the south, Niruthi in the south-west, Varuna in the west, Vayu in the north-west, Soma/Kubera in the north and Isanam in the north-east.

This article aims at motivating the ASI to allow the Palace Devasthanam to continue the established religious rites in the Brihadisvara temple as given in the Agama sastras. The construction of eight separate shrines for the Ashta Digh Balakas and the installation of their idols in their respective directions indicate the absolute devotion of Raja Raja Chola to them.

Seems ASI has locked the shrines for the Ashta Digh Balakas ,which was built by Rajaraja the great himself..Even I never knew its there..
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