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Descent Of The Ganges, Mahabalipuram

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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. Plan your Descent Of The Ganges visit and explore what else you can see and do in Mahabalipuram using our Mahabalipuram holiday planner.
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  • Covering a rock face of more than 90 feet long and 40 feet high, this creative context has been interpreted to mean several things by experts. The one most agree on is that Ganga is watched on either ...  more »
  • This intricate carving in bas relief measures 96 by 43 feet (29 m × 13 m), it is a giant open-air rock relief carved on two monolithic rock boulders. It depicts the story of the descent of the sacred ...  more »
  • The Bas-relief of the descent of the Ganges to Earth (Descent Of The Ganges), it is a Grand fresco carved in bas-relief in the rock wall. It illustrates the legend of the descent of the Ganges on Earth, by the channel of the hair of the God Shiva and the retirement of the God Shiva in the Himalayas. Visible from the road. This is certainly the most beautiful monument in Mahabalipuram. Not to be missed under any circumstances.
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