Six Places to Visit in Thanjavur


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In my previous blogs I have already covered most of the important landmarks in Thanjavur or Tanjore so this would be my last blog about this place where I would list down all the important places that you must visit in Thanjavur which includes the landmarks which have already been mentioned in my previous blog as well as places which you might squeeze in-between the big ones.

The following places are the ones which you should visit:-

1) Brihadeeswarar Temple
2) Thanjavur Palace
3) Manora Fort
4) Rajarajan Manimandapam
5) Christ Church – Fort (Schwartz Church)
6) Punnainallur Mariamman Temple

 

Brihadeeswarar Temple

If you haven’t read my earlier blog then I would request you to please read that blog as it has all the details including a detailed map of the temple complex. Click here to read that blog.

Brihadeeswarar Temple – South Side
Brihadeeswarar Temple – South Side
Rajarajan Tiruvasal – Intricate Stone Carvings
Rajarajan Tiruvasal – Intricate Stone Carvings

 

Thanjavur Palace

Another important landmark in the city but not that old as the Chola temple of Brihadeeswarar but still deep-rooted in history. For this also I have a separate detailed blog which I am sure will come very handy as I had exclusively created a map which would enable you to locate all the important landmarks within this palace complex. Click here to read that blog.

View of the Courtyard In Front Of Durbar Hall
View of the Courtyard In Front Of Durbar Hall
Walls Adorned With Sculptures and Paintings
Walls Adorned With Sculptures and Paintings

 

Manora Fort

This place is not within the periphery of Thanjavur town but you need to travel in a hired vehicle in order to reach this spot. This place is significant with the connection between the Marathas, British and Napoleon Bonaparte. Click here to read in details about this place for which I have a separate blog.

Manora Fort – View From Outside
Manora Fort – View From Outside
Manora Fort – View Of the Tower
Manora Fort – View Of the Tower

 

Rajarajan Manimandapam

This is not a historical site but something which was constructed in the year 1991 during 8th World Tamil Conference. This place is basically a park where children’s will surely enjoy playing around as well as a museum which is located in the basement. If you want to know more about the history of Thanjavur and the Cholas then this is the right place. Photography is allowed with a fee for which you need to buy a ticket at the entrance. The only negative thing about this museum is that it’s very poorly lit, for a museum, it’s important that all the exhibits are properly lit in order to get the best view possible. This is not a very big museum but still, has enough materials inside to keep you engaged for hours.

Rajarajan Manimandapam
Rajarajan Manimandapam
Rajarajan Manimandapam
Rajarajan Manimandapam
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Rajarajan Manimandapam – Museum
Brihadeeswarar Temple – Famous Painting of Rajaraja
Brihadeeswarar Temple – Famous Painting of Rajaraja
Rajarajan Manimandapam - Museum
Rajarajan Manimandapam – Museum
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Rajarajan Manimandapam – A Stone Sculptor of Raja Raja

 

Christ Church – Fort (Schwartz Church)

This small church is situated in the Brihadeeswarar Temple complex near to the northern gate towards Sivagangai Park. Though this church is relatively a small church but it’s steeped in history mainly due to the name Schwartz. Christian Friedrich Schwarz, a Danish missionary had come to India to preach the gospel and in 1779 constructed this church.

Christian Friedrich Schwarz was a teacher or a guru to Serfoji II and as a teacher taught him many European languages. This was instrumental in building the character of Serfoji II thus making him one of the greatest Maratha ruler of Thanjavur.

The church is actually quite small in size and inside the main highlight is the white marble tablet at the back of the church which shows Christian Friedrich Schwarz on his death bed surrounded by Serfoji II and others.

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Sivagangai Park to the Left and Christ Church to the Right
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Entrance of Christ Church (Schwartz Church)
Christ Church (Schwartz Church) – Front View
Christ Church (Schwartz Church) – Front View
Christ Church (Schwartz Church) – Side View
Christ Church (Schwartz Church) – Side View
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Christ Church (Schwartz Church) – Interiors
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Christian Friedrich Schwarz – (Courtesy Boston University)
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The Tabled Depicting Christian Friedrich Schwarz in His Death Bed with Serofji II by His Side
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The Tabled Depicting Christian Friedrich Schwarz in His Death Bed with Serofji II by His Side

 

Punnainallur Mariamman Temple

The history of this temple is as old at the Maratha rule of Thanjavur. This temple was built by the first Maratha king of Thanjavur Venkoji in the year 1680. He built this temple as directed by the divine intervention of the goddess Muthu Mari Amman. He was instructed in his dreams to search for her idol in the forest, as per instruction he did that and upon finding the idol of Mariamman under a Punnai tree. He then built a temple over this ground which became this famous temple. The original deity was shaped by the great saint Sadasiva Brahamendar from earth of an ant hill.

It’s around five kilometers from the main Thanjavur town center thus either you can take an auto or arrange for some transportation.

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Punnainallur Mariamman Temple
Punnainallur Mariamman Temple – Interiors
Punnainallur Mariamman Temple – Interiors

 

Thanjavur Dolls

Well, this is not a place but as the name suggest is a terracotta bobblehead doll which is very famous and often associated with Thanjavur. Everywhere you travel you will find shops selling these Thanjavur Dolls which come in various designs and characters. These dolls are famously used during Golu a festival popular in southern India where as a part of Navratri celebrations Thanjavur dolls are put on display creating stories of mythology by the young girls and women of the house. So if you are traveling to Thanjavur be sure to buy one which costs around Rs. 150 – 250 depending on the size and design.

Thanjavur Doll
Thanjavur Doll

Other Thanjavur Blogs

Brihadeeswarar Temple – Thanjavur

Thanjavur Palace

Manora Fort

 

Location on Map

Click here to open the shortest route map with all the locations mentioned above.

 

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