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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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  • When you go to a place and are enabled to merge yourself with ease into the surroundings and respect its history, then only due you truly identify with it. This place is one of them. You get a profoun...  more »
  • bhagirath the son of iskhaku family brings the Ganges from kailash. at first it stop into mahadeb s hair. then bhagirath prey to mahadeb for free the Ganges to earth.  more »
  • There is no 2nd in the world to this kind of art. It is a story carved on stone. It is actually two in one story. You can call it Arjuna's penance as well. Each figure is carved with meticulous accura...  more »

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Given the importance of its major attractions, Mahabalipuram offers a good number of accommodations across its main urban area. Thanks to the popularity of its coast, it has a large number of accommodations by the beach, too. Choose between the backpacker-friendly area around Othavadai Street, where budget hostels and boutiques provide the main options, and the massive resorts along the beach. Alternatively, Chennai lies just two hours away by bus, so many travelers choose to stay in the large city to the north and simply take day trips Mahabalipuram.
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