Festivals of the temple
On April (chithirai maatham in Tamil calendar) pramorsavam, it is an 18 days festival.
On mid-October to November (aippasi maatham) Raja Raja Cholan birthday function, grand function happens at 9 AM to 3 PM during sathiya natchathiram festival.
Thiruvatharai,aadipuram,karthigai, special poojas will have happened.
Open and closing Timings: 5.30 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM
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How to reach By air: Thiruchirapalli airport is the nearest to brihadeshwara temple around 65kms.
By train: Thanjavur railway station which is 24 km.Trains from Trichy to thanjavur available at all days,the distance from trichy to thanjvur 49 kms. know train details. Thanjavur station code:TJ Platform:5
By Road: Thanjavur has bus facilities from all cities and Local taxi or cab also available.You can reach the temple easily.
Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Poornima-full moon day in OctoberNovember; Panguni Utsav in March-April and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in DecemberJanuary are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Thursday (April 26) will be an important festival day for the residents of Thanjavur city and neighbouring parts of the district as thousands of devotees will pull the temple `Thiru Ther’ (sacred chariot) of Lord Brahadeeswarar temple, popularly known as Big Temple through the west, north, east and south main streets unmindful of dry weather conditions.
The temple car procession will start from west main street opposite Sri Sankara Mutt between 5.15 and 5.50 a.m.