Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

Brief description

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.

Unesco WHS list ref:  249

We visited this site during our holiday exploring southern India in 2009. A beautiful set of temples and monuments, the decorations on some still looking extremely sharp, while others have been smoothed out by the sea.

From my collection

india-mahabalipuram

Cards to swap

Many spare cards available from this site – scans will be added later.

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