Descent Of The Ganges, Mahabalipuram

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#3 of 8 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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  • Can be appreciated for the work & skill but ideally take a guide for stories of the mythology & history  more »
  • Look for the story because it's worth it, and it is important. The look on the faces of animals, people, gurus. It is very interesting.
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  • A panorama of carvings that tell a story. In the centre is the Ganges flowing down. Look at the detail not only the large elephants but the tiny mice and cat. Possibly the best of the series of carvin...  more »

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