Brihadeeswarar Temple, the deity is worshiped four times in a day.
The Morning Pooja also called as Kala Sandhi takes place at 8:30 A.M. Utchi Kalam or the mid noon pooja happens at noon, 12 PM. The evening arati and the pooja are also called as Sayaratchai. This starts at 5:30 P.M. Artha Jamam or the night pooja happens to be the last ritual that is practiced in this temple. The pooja takes place at 8:30 P.M.
Each of this pooja or ritual consists of three steps namely, ‘alangaram’(decoration), ‘neivethanam’ (food offering) and ‘deepa aradanai’ (waving of lamps).
Brihadeshwara Temple, also known as Raja Rajeswara Temple, Rajarajeswaram and Periya Kovil, is a temple of Lord Shiva and located in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The main attraction of the temple is about 216 ft huge tower above the sanctum. The tower stands tall and one can see this fabulous structure even entering in the city. The temple is entirely built of more than 130,000 tons of granite.
Main deity of the temple is dancing pose of Lord Shiva, Nataraj and the statue of Nandi is made of a single stone. The most interesting feature of this temple is surprisingly its shadow never falls on the ground at noon. The architecture of this temple is designed in such a way that the temple could not cast any shadow when sun is at its peak.