|The wonder is that the vimana (the tower above a
temple’s sanctum sanctorum) of the Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur has
withstood six recorded earthquakes - in 1807, 1816, 1866, 1823, 1864
(Satyamurthy in ‘Chola Splendour’ by T.S. Subramanian, Frontline, June 19-Jul. 2, 2010)
|Living Legacies: The Great Chola Temples of Thanjavur and Kumbakonam|
The celebrated Shiva temple at Thanjavur, appropriately called Brihadeeswara and Daksinameru, is the grandest creation of the Chola emperor Rajaraja (AD 985-1012).
|Bharatanatyam dancer Leela Samson made her acting debut at the age of 64 in a Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani directed by Mani Ratnam.|