Incredible India: Airavatesvara Temple, Tamil Nadu

Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram

Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Tamil Nadu, South India. Built by Raja Raja Chola II in 12 CE, this is a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the Great Living Chola Temples, this Temple is considered to be architecturally finer than the other two, even though smaller. The Vimana is 24 m (80 feet) in height and the Mandapam is in the form of a huge stone chariot with stone wheels, drawn by horses. The pedastal of the balipeta has finely carved steps that produce music when someone strikes on them. More…

By Shriram Swaminathan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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