Rajarajan Manimandapam is located in the Southern Part of Thanjavur. It was built in 1991during the 8th World Tamil Conference. It is a beautiful structure and is built in the style of the buildings constructed during the Chola period.
The small and well maintained garden inside is an ideal for children with swings, slides and other such things. It is having a museum in the ground floor, which was built in 1984 to commemorate the 1000th birth anniversary of Raja Raja Chola, who as the most famous king in Thanjavur.
The museum at Thanjavur Manimandapam has a collection of sculptures, bronze statues, paintings, coins and other artifacts to attract the visitors. The statue of Raja Raja Chola is a thing of great beauty. Manimandapam has surrounded by beautiful gardens, delightful lamps. In the middle, they decorated this place with fountain. Visiting this place during night, gives wonderful experience.
The Cholas were the greatest of the south Indian ruling dynasties. Rajaraja I (985 –1014 CE) was the greatest of this dynasty known for his royal endeavor, military conquests, efficient administration and promotion of culture and art. He raised the power of the Chola dynasty to unprecedented heights and paved the way for its continued splendour for another two centuries.
Rajarajan built the grandest of temples in this capital; Rajarajesvaram (Big temple) may be aptly described as a temple created in a short time for all time. It is rich in the field of architecture, sculpture (in stone and metal) and painting and also in the arena of music and dance. The museum was established in the year 1984 as part of the celebration of his 1000th birth centenary.
Sunday To Tuesday – 9:00AM–7:30PM
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday To Saturday – 9:00AM–7:30PM
It is located at the heart of the City and located very near to the world famous Brihadeeswarar Temple. Autos and Buses are available to reach this place from Bus Stands & Railway Stations.
The nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli airport.
Nearest Railway Station is located at Thanjavur.
Mani Mandapam is 2.8 Kms (8 Minutes) from Thanjavur old bus stand, 3.2 Kms (6 Minutes) from Thanjavur New bus stand, 56.2 Kms from Trichy.