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birth anniversary of King Raja Raja Chola

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The 1,034th Sathaya Vizha marking the birth anniversary of King Raja Raja Chola got underway here on Tuesday. Collector A. Annadurai, who inaugurated the two-day festival, described the Chola emperor as a multi-faceted personality who excelled in various spheres.

He built the Big Temple with perfect planning and confidence. He chose a rocky terrain to build the temple as the Cauvery and other rivers flowed to the north of Thanjavur. The art and architecture of the temple stood testimony to his greatness. The Big Temple and the Grand Anicut indicated that Tamils excelled in water management.

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Urging the youth to study and understand the greatness of the structures, Mr. Annadurai underlined the need to preserve the grandeur of the temple. A seminar, pattimandram  and Thirumurai music programmes were held on the first day. The Big Temple and the statue of Raja Raja Chola were decorated and illuminated for the occasion. Various cultural events, including a sound and light show on the architecture of Big Temple, have been lined up for the second day of the event at the Big Temple complex on today.

(source : The Hindu)

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