Tanjore Brihadeeswara Temple

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Temple Timings

6.30 am to 8:30 pm on all days.

Entry charges

Entry is FREE

Dress Ethics

There are no prescribed details. It’s a temple.  Use your judgment.

What is allowed

  • Still camera, Video Camera as long as they are handheld.
  • Phones
  • Drinking water

What is Not Allowed

Avoid carrying food inside the complex.


Drinking Water:

The facility is available inside the temple.


Toilets are available inside the complex.

Footwear stand:

There is footwear stand once you are inside the complex. There are sign boards.


There is ample car parking available. The parking is right opposite to the main temple. It is a paid parking maintained by local authorities.


South Indian (Budget):

  • Sree Ariya Bhavan
  • Hotel Gnanam

Chettinadu style :

Nandhis Homely Restaurant

General Restaurant (Government) :

Hotel Tamilnadu


  • Check for details in the city tourism website  http://tour.tmssmlibrary.com
  • It is mostly an opens place and Thanjavur is warm for the most part of the year.  It is best if you can time your visit early mornings or evening after 4 pm.
  • Carry your earphones/headphones
  • Power bank / Battery pack for your phone
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.

The Basics

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics.  In South India, almost all of the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses, and mythological tales.  Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.


The magnum opus and the best example of Dravidian architecture.

A temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva.  The temple when it was built was the largest of its kind.  The main sanctum and the deity was also the largest at about 12.5 feet in height.  It is huge by any imagination as the size usual norms for a Shiva lingam is around 1 to 2 feet.