Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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Shore Temple (Sai Sathish Vijayan/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0).

 India
Tamil Nadu State, Chingleput District
N12 37 0.012 E80 11 30.012
Date of Inscription: 1984
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(vi)
Ref: 249
News Link/Travelogues: INDIA

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Pallava architecture (Saheb Ghosh/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0).

This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous ‘Descent of the Ganges’, and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva.

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One Reply to “Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram”

  1. The Five Rathas are some of the most intriguing structures you’ll ever see. Mostly because it’s unimaginable that each of the rathas were carved whole from monoliths of granite – which is pretty crazy considering these structures date back to the late 7th century.

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