The rain started, floods gutters and caused wrecks everywhere.i ran into the cloak room of the Temple and kept the belongings there,wait for the rain to stop.it was a minor deluge in Tanjore,the sign boards were swept away by the heavy rains.I waited there for almost two hours, the temperature drops down.The "Dakshina Meru" standing strong like a mountain, surviving all these natural calamities for over 1000 years.Brihadeeswara is a Sanskrit composite word composed of Brihatwhich means "big, great, lofty, vast", and ishwara means "lord, Shiva, supreme being, supreme Atman. The craftsmanship and hard work of the cholas built in symmetric geometric rules, without any help of machinery.Its natural to get flabbergasted when you are inside chola architectural marvel.The temple was built by Raja Raja Chola I in 1010 AD,using over 130,000 tons of granite and the 216-feet-tall tower that is built above the Sanctum of the temple. This flamboyant tower can be seen by anyone entering the city from afar. Another breathtaking thing that will sure stupefy the visitor is the magnificent Nandi statue built at the temple; it is about two meters in height, six meters in length and two-and-half meters in width, and weighs around a whopping 20 tons for a statue built from a single stone. Various postures of Bharathanatyam, are carved carefully on the exterior walls of the upper storey of the temple. it was the tallest temple in India , and it took only seven years to complete. The topmost structure of the temple, called Vimana, weighs around 80 tons, and it is a mystery how the builders got it up there. There are several musical pillars, which make different sounds when taped, at the temple. Upon visiting, anyone can understand that the temple is a extraordinary testimonial of the magnificent South Indian architecture. A must visit place for every human!!!