Descent Of The Ganges, Mahabalipuram

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Mahabalipuram
Marvel at exquisitely carved elephants of Descent Of The Ganges, a monumental open-air World Heritage Site rock relief carved on two monolithic boulders. Measuring 29 by 13 m (96 by 43 ft), the carving depicts a descent of sacred River Ganges from heavens to earth led by King Bhagiratha and followed by a host of gods, half-humans, mythical creatures and animals. Indian rock cut sculpture at its best, this 7th century monument served as a shining example for many subsequent styles. Get a guide to hear all the details about this fabulous figural composition, unparalleled in Indian art. Use our Mahabalipuram online trip maker to visit Descent Of The Ganges on your trip to Mahabalipuram, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Beautiful rock carvings with amazing history. Worth a visit. The Descent of Ganges is one of the first carvings once you enter Mahabalipuram. Free of cost unlike the other temples and places in Mahaba...  more »
  • Some of the best sculpting I have seen in India. It was easily visited being close to the road only minutes walk from our hotel, also free of charge.  more »
  • This was a place that I had seen on TV and always wanted to visit- it was worth it and it's also in the vicinity of a number of small (unused) temples and Krishna's butter ball. It's a small area to w...  more »
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  • A beautiful relief made nearly 1500 years ago. Well maintained and an art monument worthy of visit.
  • One must spend some time looking at the sculpture, it is absolutely beautiful
  • There are many carvings on the wall and the one which is easily visible of the elephants. This place is located near sea shore temple.
  • It's an historically interesting place it's an master piece of human excellence
  • A whole day can be spend here. Can see the places around from different angles..
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