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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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  • Get a local guide to share the 'behind the scene' stories of these ancient 'miracles'. It's absolutely worth it. Great day-trip (1/2 day trip) and easy to navigate especially with local driver (and ca...  more »
  • a gigantic and marvelous, among the most famous Pallava culture and perhaps of the entire India. around a large slit open in two giant granite blocks are crowded dozens of figures that tell the descent of the goddess Ganga to Earth from heaven where flowed. é Shiva to authorize this major change in benefit of mankind, "touched" by the devotion of Arjuna, the hero of the Ramayana, which looks like a yogi skeletal for the long fast. The plastic quality of the sculptures is superb, poignant details: among them, point out that the cat that pretends to be an ascetic because rats the approach ... a touch of humor reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, "moralisée genre" in our middle ages
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  • Though known by different names this beautiful open air rock carving is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in mahabalipuram. it is included under group of monuments by UNESCO at Mahabalipuram...  more »