Great Living Chola Temples

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Great Living Chola Temples
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Stone sculpture at Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii
Reference 250
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1987 (11th Session)
Extensions 2004
Great Living Chola Temples is located in Tamil Nadu
Great Living Chola Temples
Location of Great Living Chola Temples in India Tamil Nadu.

The Great Living Chola Temples are temples built during the Chola rule in the south of India. These temples are the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. The Brihadisvara Temple was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987; the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram were added as extensions to the site in 2004. The site is now known as the "Great Living Chola Temples". [1][2]

Airavatesvara Temple[edit]

Main article: Airavatesvara Temple
Airavateshwarar temple at Darasuram

Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram, near Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE.[3]


  1. ^ "Great Living Chola Temples". World Heritage: Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Great Living Chola Temples" (pdf). Unesco. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  3. ^ Great Living Chola Temples - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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Coordinates: 10°46′59″N 79°07′57″E / 10.78306°N 79.13250°E / 10.78306; 79.13250