Shiva rathri was celebrated in a grand manner at Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple, fondly called as Big Temple, on Monday night. Lakhs of people joined the celebration for special pooja and abhishekam for brihadeeswarar. It was built by the great Chola King Raja Raja 1 (985 -1012 A.D). it is an outstanding exmple of Chola architecture. Recognizing its unique architectural excellence, UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Monument.