The unusually tall vimana alone weighed about 43,000 tons and supporting it was a challenge. Though the pyramidical shape of the vimana is self-stabilising, the architects could not afford to make the base appear wide and loose out on the visual appeal.
A proportionately large sanctum with double walls and circumambulatory passage in-between was designed. It rose to two tiers and merged at the third and held the tower.Architectural studies show that a larger forecourt measuring 241 by 121 meters was specially designed to spatially hold the tower. The court was made of two equal square parts and the vimana was placed at the centre of the rear square. This provided the necessary foreground to view the elegance of the tower in full.
1000 years ago Through scupture he predicted that British will Rule India.
It is amazing to see such a wonderful structure that has stood the test of time. The history apart, the sheer size and scale of this structure is impressive. The sheer size of the gopuram, Great carvings, lovely structures ;the deep chola culture that is evident in every morsel of this holy place and the giant Nandi statue add greatness to this place! A must seePlace!