An All-Granite Temple That Doesn’t Cast a Shadow

The Brihadeshwara Temple of Tamilnadu State, India is one of the tallest temples of the world, and has unique features. Listed under the UNESCO Heritage Sites, this 1000-yr-old temple’s history dates back to the period of Kingdom of Cholas, during the Rajaraja Chola-1, who built this magnificient structure. The interesting part of the temple is that it doesn’t cast a shadow during any part of the day, even when the Sun is at its peak. This is one unique feature of this temple apart from many others.

Another feature is this is the first all-granite temple built with 130,000 tonnes of granite. There was no indication of any granite reserve availability in and around the surrounding radius of 100 km around that area, when the temple was built. Its still surprising that where this masive amount quantity of granite was brought from, that doo during that period, in the abscence of today-like technology. On the whole, this construction of this magnificient structure was said to have been taken seven years.

The interesting part of this temple is the 216-ft tall tower above the main sanctum. And a capestone, Vimana, at the top of Gopuram is said to be of 80 tons in weight. How was that much weight lifted to that height, during those times, is also another mystery.

Lord Brihadeshwara is the temple’s main deity, with a Nandi (weighing about 20 tonnes) opposite to the Lord, outside the Garbhagruha. The temple also has musical pillars, which upon touch, generate classical musical vibrations.

On the whole, this temple is still a architectural wonder with many secrets pertaining to it still remaining mystery to many scientists.


Author: Punyakshetram

Interested in covering pilgrimage-centric stories and interesting facts about various Hindu temples across the world.

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