The murals, each 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide (4.5 meters x 3 meters), are about 1,000 years old. They are located in the narrow and dark passage around the temple's sanctum sanctorum. The great Chola king Raja Raja I built the Brihadisvara temple between CE 1000 and CE 1008 and the paintings were done between CE1008 and CE1012.
Most visitors now have no access to these paintings because of their location. But they can now visit the exact photographic reproductions at Interpretation centre on the temple premises.
The credit for photographing the murals in exact detail goes to the Archeological Survey of India team comprising Dr. T. Satyamurthy, P.S. Sriraman and N. Thyagarajan.
- Single frame of mural depicting Siva as Nataraja.
- The above Nataraja picture in the montage, accurate reproduction of Mural.
- Royal ladies
- The Banyan Tree - There is a sudden change in the mood among the animals and birds as a cobra enters the scene.
- A Royal lady
Courtesy: Archeological Survey of India