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Tourism in Mahabalipuram

28-7-2016
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Tourism in Mahabalipuram

Arjuna's Penance is an enormous alfresco monolith built around the seventh century. Standing at a height of 43 feet, the monolith was chiselled on the face of two juxtaposed megaliths. The vibrancy and realism of the sculptured structures stand testimony to the extraordinary artistry of their chiselers. 

 

Arjuna's Penance exhibits over depictions of gods and winged ethereal creatures, animals and birds, which also include gigantic elephants as well as saints and human beings. Out of all the carvings, the most outstanding ones are those which display life-like elephants safeguarding their young ones. Just under the elephants are illustrations from the Panchtantra Fables.

The Five Rathas of the temples in Mahabalipuram are more famously known as the Panchva Pandava Ratha. These temples are regarded as the avant-garde of the Dravidian monolith age. It also marks the point of evolution from the former tradition of rock-sculpted temples to the modern tradition of stone architectures. The Five Rathas that you can observe are Bhima Ratha, Draupadi Ratha, Nakul Sahadev Ratha, Arjuna Ratha and Dharamaraja Ratha. Although they are all created in a unique style, one extraordinary characteristic amongst all the Ratha temples is that they are all monolith.

 

Tourism in Mahabalipuram

The Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram is one of the ancient temples in South India. The three sanctuaries in the temple are devoted to Shiva and Vishnu. As the name indicates, the Shore Temple soars above the Bay of Bengal. Since it is located close to the sea, it has resulted in substantial corrosion of the temple's edifice. Standing like an imposing fist, the magnificent looks out on the sea. The Shore Temple exemplifies the heights of the architecture of Pallava and maritime keenness of the Pallava kings. Constructed under the reign of Narasimhavarman II during the eighteenth century, it is one of the earliest stone temples in the state of Tamil Nadu.

 

India Holiday Mall offers tour packages for your Mahabalipuram tour. The tour includes trips to various significant attractions such as temples, beaches, shopping centres and forts. Travel to Mahabalipuram and you will certainly treasure the experience for a long time.

 

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