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This is a view from the famous Gangaikondacholapuram Brihadiswara Temple, looking at the huge bull Nandi: a place to visit absolutely during a tour in South India.

Gangaikondacholapuram is 61km northeast of Thanjavur.
Brihadiswara Temple is a large Siva temple that can be seen from a distance because of its enormous 55m high vimana (tower over the altar). Rajendra Chola built this temple in 1025 to celebrate his victorious expedition to the River Ganges.
You enter the temple compound through the east gopuram and then you can see the huge Nandi facing the inner sanctum. When you enter the temple there is a shrine dedicated to the goddess Durga in the form of Mahishasuramardini. There is a shrine that houses Kailasanath. Kailasanath is a name for Lord Siva, who is the lord (natha) of Kailash (a mountain in the Himalaya where Siva lives).
The Ganesh temple in the southwest part of the temple is interesting.

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