Tanjore or Thanjavur as it was earlier called, was the capital of the chola
empire fromthe 10th century to the 14th century A.D. later is become part of
the vijaynagar kingdom, then passed into the hands of the Marathas and later
still went to the British. For ages it has been the chief political.
Literary and religious centre of the South. The celebrated temple
Brihadeshra built by the Chola King during the 11th century is its major
attraction. The saraswati Mahal library, dating back from the time of the
Marathas, containing a rare collectins of books and manuscripts on paper and