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The period of the imperial Cholas (c. 850 CE - 1250 CE) was an age of continuous improvement

and refinement of the Dravidian art and architecture. They utilised their prodigious wealth earned

through their extensive conquests in building long-lasting stone temples and exquisite bronze

sculptures.The Cholas continued the temple building traditions of the Pallava dynasty, who were

themselves influenced by the Amaravathi school of architecture. The Chola artists and artisans

further drew their influences from other contemporary art and architectural schools and elevated the

Dravidian temple design to greater heights.not only big temple but also all the temples,palace,

manora and old collectorate are using very dedicated technique

Pazhayarai

There are lot of small villages inside the historical town of Pazhayarai - Thirunandipura Vinnagaram,

Sathi mutram, Patteeswaram, Harishchandrapuram with all their temples. There were four l

legendary temples, Vadathali, Kelthali, Metrali and Thenthali across four sides of the city. The

houses(veedu) of the warriors namely Arya padai veedu, Pudhu padai veedu, Manapadai veedu and

Pambai padai veedu. There was only one palace for Vijayalaya Chola, but later individual palaces

were built for all the princes. The great Chola king Rajaraja I, who built the Big Temple of Thanjavur

is said to have spent his last days here,the capital of his predecessors.[2] Rajaraja Chola's final

resting place is in the present-day village of Udayalur (also known as Sri Kangeyapuram),within a

few kilometers from Pazhayarai.