Thanjavur (or 'Thanjai' or 'Tanjore') is 175 km from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Thanjavur is considered to be the granary and 'rice bowl' of Tamil Nadu. It is the district headquarters by the same name. The city is an important center of South Indian religion, art and architecture. The important landmark in Thanjavur is the great Brahadeeswara Temple also known as the Big Temple, it was built by Raja Raja Chola I. Thanjavur is also home to Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. An another attraction in Thanjavur is "thalayatti bommai", it is a type of traditional Indian bobblehead or roly-poly toy made of terracotta material.