Thanjavur (Tanjavur or Tanjore) is a temple site in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. which is considered to be the granary and ‘rice bowl’ of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur was the capital of the great Chola (Cola) king Rajaraja I, Thanjavur one of the most important and most visited historical sites in India today. The gopuras at Thanjavur are two huge monumental gateways which lead to the compound dominated by the Brihadishvara temple.