Gangaikondacholapuram Temple is a great architectural structure located in Thanjavur (Tanjore) district in the southern Indian state of Tamilnadu. This beautiful temple was built in the 11th century during the rule of Chola Dynasty by Rajendra Chola. The Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple that stands next to the fabulous Brihadeeswara temple is regarded as the reproduction of the Brihadiswara temple which was made by father of Rajendra Chola. This temple was made to outshine the temple made by father of Rajendra Chola and is renowned for having the biggest Shiva lingam in Southern India that is four meters high. One can easily reach the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple by a good network of roads from all major cities of south India.
Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple was built during the golden era of the Chola Dynasty. The famous Sanctum Sanctorum of this temple that boasts of the biggest four meters Shivalingam in south India is encircled with two walls to ensure privacy when the royal family performs the Puja. At entrance of the Sanctum Sanctorum is an adorable image of Goddess Saraswati. Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple has also been witness to many wars and the inscriptions on the walls of the temple tell stories of many conquests of the warrior king.
The Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a must visit destination for the tourists visiting Tamil Nadu because of its history, cultural heritage and an awesome architectural beauty.