Brihadeeswarar Temple பெருவுடையார் கோயில்(popularly known as 'Big Temple') also known as Rajarajeswaram at Thanjavur in the state of Tamilnadu,India is the world's first complete granite temple built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola in Thanjavur
Brihadishwara Temple also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple’ has turned 1000 years in 2010.The temple stands amidst fortified walls that were probably added in the 16th century.
The 'Vimana' - or the temple tower - is 216 ft (66 m) high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world.
The entire temple structure is made out of hard granite stones, a material sparsely available currently in Thanjavur area where the temple is located.
There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high.
'Brahadeeswar Temple' is one of the rare temples which has statues for "Ashta dik paalakas" (Lords of all Eight Directions) [Indra, Varuna, Agni, Eesana, Vayu, Niruthi, Yama, Kubera], each of which is a life like status i.e. approximately 6 feet tall.
Even today, the Brihadeeswarar Temple remains India's largest temple.
Rs1000 Currency note released by Reserve Bank of India on 01 April, 1954 to honor the historic Brahadeeswarar Temple
A 5 Special Commemorative coin released by Reserve Bank of India to mark the Millennium year celebrations