Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram (State: Tamil Nadu) located at a distance of 56kms from state capital is known for its ancient shrines. This is also known as Mahabalipuram. The history of city dates back to the 7th - 9th century when Pallava dynasty ruled the place.

The temples of the city portray the events described in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Majority of thee monuments are rock-cut and monolithic. The style of architecture is Dravidian with influences of Buddhist elements. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art.

The important attractions are:
The historic monuments here are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

54 comments:

जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

राजेश जी
फ़ोटो का साईज थोडा बडा किया किजिए,
ताकि वो ज्यादा अच्छा दिखाई दे

Al said...

I'm wondering what that big square cutout is in that first statue - there's got to be a specific story behind it. Anyway, great shots.

kavita said...

Wonderful.I like that huge rock picture.

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alicesg said...

Wow your son is so strong to lift up the huge rock hahaha. Nice post.

Elettra said...

a very evocative place that deserves the promotion of UNESCO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sridharan said...

Nice..!

nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com said...

seems like u visited here with family...hope u had gud time...even we enjoyed every nooks and corners there...thz something like a treasure for art lovers...

Jeevan said...

Liked the change in u r template Rajesh! Our ancestors came from this town. It’s close to our heart and often visited by us. It’s been sometime visited the shore temple which is more significant of everything.

Liz said...

Great shots! The kids seemed to like to sit there and have their photo taken. Happy sky watching!

Liz @ A Simple Life

Sylvia K said...

Lovely temples and your beautiful skies are the perfect backdrop! Wonderful captures, Rajesh! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Carver said...

Very interesting place. I love the statue in the first shot.

Gary said...

I am constantly floored by the carvings!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kay L. Davies said...

Some very nice skies with your photos, Rajesh, but the two children are the best part, of course.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Photo Cache said...

another lovely post. it's nice that you can climb onto those things, but wouldn't that cause a lot of wear and tear?

María del Mar Hermoso said...

What a wonderful world for children to invent one thousands and one stories! The magic, the mistery, the unknown. Such a great blog you have...

Donna said...

Love the photos! Nice!
Have a great day!

EG Wow said...

So many interesting places to see in India! You live in such a rich-in-history environment!

clairz said...

I appreciate seeing the temples. I love seeing your kids (?) in the photos.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the monuments, Lovely photos, Rajesh! Thanks for sharing and happy skywatching!

Kim, USA said...

Wow that rock is amazing!! What does that square on the chest of the lion mean? Great shot Rajesh!

Sky Watch Friday

forgetmenot said...

Hi Rajesh, More interesting shrines and temples. Impressive that they were built so long ago. Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

Arija said...

I just love that great whatever it is with the square hole in it's belly. Beautiful sculptures.

Babli said...

I have been to Mamallapuram several times and liked the place very much. Wonderful post with lovely pictures specially the big stone lying in a tip is just incredible.

magiceye said...

beautiful images and i like new look of your blog!

Indrani said...

The collage, very well made.

thomas said...

Nice rock craving here.

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ladyfi said...

Wonderful historic place... and what a cute kid!

Pearl Maple said...

Wow, what a great place to visit. Is there a reason for the square box cut into the first sculpture? Thanks for sharing with SWF

Wren said...

Thanks for sharing this place with us, Rajesh. I'm fascinated by that statue.

Rajesh said...

Thank you. In the square cutout, there is image of Goddess. I will soon cover each of these places in much more detail.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the big boulder! Awesome shots.

George said...

I look forward to seeing more of this interesting city. But I have a question about your first picture. Is something missing from the statue? It looks as if there might have been something in the square enclosure.

Mama Zen said...

Very cool!

Sumandebray said...

I Remember this rock
The Pancha pandav temples were being washed away by the Sea. I hope they are still there

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice post and photos, too.

Regards!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Very lovely....I always enjoy the culture of others in the world. You've given us a taste of yours and it was enjoyable to view.

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Hope your weekend is treating you well!!

Joan said...

Wonderful!

Genie said...

Once again you have given us fabulous temples filled with the beauty of that period. The skies are gorgeous, too. Wonderful collection of shots this week. Genie

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Great photos! Especially the one with that huge rock. :)

GrandmaK said...

Thank you!! The pictures are grand. What beautiful children! Wishing you well! Cathy

Ever Green Tree said...

Definitely worth visiting. Thx for sharing the lovely pic.

chubskulit said...

So Pretty!

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Ann said...

did a block fall off the chest of the statue?

Rajesh said...

Thank you for appreciating this wonderful architecture.

Arti said...

Wonderful collage, the first pic is very cute!!

Ashish Joshi said...

wonderful pics ... the big stone picture is nice one ...

Kokz @ Love poems said...

Amazing pics, the huge rock one is the best :)

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury said...

I have been to Mahabalipuram so many times & yet every time it fascinates me again..enjoyed this

Ram A Singh said...

it remind my last visit to Mahabalipuram. very beautiful photos

S.V.SAIBABA said...

Very beautiful pictures revealing the greatness of Mahabalipuram

Sujatha Sathya said...

niiice
i have just come back from a visit to this place :)

bemoneyaware said...

Beautiful pics..There is poetry in stones..

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciation.