India Through the Eyes of Ellen Churchill Semple



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Thanjavur, (formerly Tanjore,) is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples (one of which is depicted on this card), which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur.

The Great Living Chola Temples are temples built during the Chola rule in the south of India and neighboring islands. These sites includes 3 temples of 11th and 12th century. These 3 temples are the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. The Brihadisvara Temple was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987; the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram were added as extensions to the site in 2004. The site is now known as the "Great Living Chola Temples".

This card was produced by Higginbotham & Co. Madras and Bangalore.

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