Monday, December 8, 2014

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram )

Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is a historical place near Chennai..It's just 45 minutes drive from the city,located in the East Coast Road..Mahabalipuram is very famous for its rock-cut shore temples..This was built in 7th century by the Pallava king Narasihma Varma..A lone lighthouse on a hill watches over a group of temples below...You will see some breathtaking rock carvings on the roadside..The craftsmanship is simply amazing...Here we go with few pictures of this wonderful place...

The shore temple-The famous Shore Temple being actually a complex of three temples : 
West facing: Rajasimhesvara
East facing : Kshatriyasimesvara
 and the smaller one facing East : Nrupatisimhesvara..

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The sea view from the shore temple...
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The Arjuna's penance
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The below is the Group of monuments - It is one among the fifteen world heritage sites of India declared by UNESCO...
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The balancing rock...
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Pearls and coloured stones for sale
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You'll see some beautiful stone carvings of Hindu gods on the roadside...
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Below : The Pancha Pandava rathas or the Five Chariots..It is one of the best monolithic temples i.e. each temple built in a single rock..


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12 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

One of the most beautiful places on earth.A treasure trove of breathtaking arts and stone sculptures.

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!!

Yogi Saraswat said...

Really Amazing and Great series of Pictures.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful photos

wanderingjatin said...

Wonderful pictures! Mahabalipuram truly is a marvel of the ancient times :)

D.Nambiar said...

Lovely pictures, Nagini.
I hope to go that side, soon. :)

Meoww said...

Its been a long time since I have been there! Magical place indeed!

Kokila Gupta said...

Pure magic indeed Nagini ... sheer beauty ... PS can you tell me something about the mementos on the road side stall- the one with dangling 'matki' or ghada/handi don't know how to say in your language Nagini but I mean the replica of earthen pots danglers .. what is their significance ?

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Kokila,
They are for sale Kokila..People mostly hang them in their cars..They come with various god's pictures.It's for decorative purpose,nothing else.Thank you dear :)

Tajammul Kothari said...

Good pics. Enticing enough to plan a visit to the place.

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Nikhil said...

Back when I was in chennai for a couple of months , I visited this place twice. Great place and a serene atmosphere . Lovely pics.:)
Did bring back some old memories. :D

indu chhibber said...

Beautiful temples and carvings-thank you for sharing Nagini