Treasures of Mahabalipuram
First Online: October 28, 2006
Page Last Updated: February 15, 2013
Mahabalipuram is a town Indian state of Tamil Nadu, important for the art and architecture of the remnants of the glory days of Pallava period.
The monuments are rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture.
Mahabalipuram is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla, and sometimes referred to as Mamallapuram in period literature. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most famous of the art of Mabahalipuram is a relief depicting "The Descent of Ganga".
In an area spanning about 100 X 50 feet, the essence of the great story of
Descent of Ganga so glorified in Indian mythologies, has been brought to
life. It features myriad of creatures, and men -- their life before and after
the arrival of Ganga.
The following are some photographs depicting the art and
architecture of Mahabalipuram.
The Descent of Ganga River
Sculpture from Mahabalipuram in Tamilnadu
Pavilions and Sculptures of Mahabalipuram
Detail from Relief, Mahabalipuram
Govardhana Cave sculpture,Pallava period, 7th century
Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram
Built during the rule of Pallavas, 7th century A.D.