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“History etched in stone”

Monuments at Mahabalipuram
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Owner description: Many interesting rock-cut temples and giant open-air reliefs from the 7th and 8th centuries.
Reviewed 26 November 2013

Shore temple (last of the 7 pagodas unclaimed by sea) on the shores of Mahabalipuram showcases the grandeur of the Pallava kingdom. Set against the backdrop of the blue sea and the sandy beach, the temple has a picturesque view transporting one to the olden days.

Arjuna with his jutting rib cage performing the penance, cut in stone as a relief sculpture brings to light the power of penance, with the throng of Gods and saints watching around him performing the penance.

The ancient light house perched on top a hillock enlightens one the grand maritime history of the bygone days. The light house must have guided ancient vessels locate this princely port doing brisk trade in exotic goods with many far off countries.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Located on the banks of the Vegavathy River, Kanchipuram has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, the Later Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, and the British. The city's historical monuments include the Kailasanathar Temple and the Vaikunta Perumal Temple. Historically, Kanchipuram was a center of education and was known as the ghatikasthanam, or "place of learning". The city was also a religious centre of advanced education for Jainism and Buddhism between the 1st and 5th centuries.Kanchipuram based Buddhist institutions were instrumental in spreading Theravada Buddhism to South East Asia

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

After the challenging traffic to get out of Chennai, (at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours), you willl be amazed. If you take the local guides at the entrance of the museum, do not expect too much information from them but hey will point out one or two details that you will miss otherwise. They are not expensive: 200 INR. Consider it a day trip as there are many locations. We had a good lunch at the Radisson on the beach shore: strongly recommended. On the way back to Chennai there is a crocodile and snake farm if you are into it.

Thank Damian O
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai.This is famous for its stone sculptures.You can find several rock carving around the city.This town can be compared with Angkorwat,Combodia.We spend a whole morning in this town but we were spellbound about the beauty of the town.

Thank Saikat C
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Mahabalipuram temples are typically carvings made of single rock / small hill. This makes it unique than the regular temples. You could notice how they start breaking the rocks (by making dotted lines / boxes and then run it with water & so on). Special attraction would be the Arjuna penance, Five rathas & the shore temple. At Arjuna penance, just try to imagine how they would have carved all those sculptures from top to bottom. I am sure, one would appreciate the efforts then.

Try spending time in the early morning itself (before noon), to beat the heat.

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