Ganesh Ratha Temple, Mahabalipuram

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  • a temple much revered by the locals , it is of the same antiquity as the others but mostly revered by locals more than tourists. At the end of the monument walk.  more »
  • It's an interesting monument in the Heritage circuit of Mahabalipuram. The lovely surroundings added to the charm.  more »
  • And the only Temple of the complex hindu worship is implemented. There is a large statue of Ganesh that probably dates back to the 20th century.
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  • It's just near the krishna butter ball and arjuna's penance. It was actually a siva shine in the past. Now it hosts a ganesha idol which was installed here by the locals 4 or 5 decades ago.
  • .. One life time cannot satisfy to evaluate these TREASURES As a Traveller – Photographer – Reviewer, after referring many documents, we came to the following conclusions Ganesha Ratha is a temple or Chariot (Mahabalipuram). It is one of ten rathas carved out of pink granite within the group of these monuments. This RATHA is an example of monolith Indian rock-cut architecture of 7th century, during the reign of King Mahendravarman I and his son Narasimhavarman I. Initially constructed as a Shiva Linga (Lord Shiva) Temple, is now with a Ganesha deity. NOTE: Most of the architectural creations at Mamallapuram, (mostly attributed to Mamalla in the 7th century), adopted stone as the medium for sculpting in situ rock faces, which till then was done in perishable materials. The group of about 40 Monuments in this area contains several categories of monuments Known as ratha (Chariot) temples with monolithic processional chariots. These (cave) Temples with narratives from the Mahabharata and Shaivic, Shakti and Vaishna inscriptions in a number of Indian languages and scripts are worth seeing! (And taking photos) This area, also known as the “Seven Pagodas” (anciently) also is called the Mamallapuram. These sites were restored after 1960 AD. INFO: Few out of “What to see in Mahabalipuram” are: 1. Shore Temple, 2. Tiger Cave 3. Sculpture museum 4. Pancha Ratha 5. Krishna’s Butter Ball 6. Descent of Ganges 7. Penance of Arjuna 8. Mahabalipuram Beach 9. Ganesha Ratha 10. Varaha Cave 11. Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple 12. Mahishamardini Mandapa 13. Mahabalipuram lighthouse 14. Draupadi Ratha 15. Arjun Chariot 16. Heritage Museum 17. Olakkannesvara Temple 18. Valayankuttai Ratha 19. Maritime Museum 20. Naval Museum 21. Symmetric Building 22. Mukunda Nayanar Temple 23. Yudhishthir Chariot 24. Karukathamman Temple 25. Raya Gopuram 26. Wall Carvings 27. Monkey Monk (Park) 28. Pallava Beach 29. Many Sculpture Manufacturing places 30. Many Handicrafts Shops
  • Excellent work by Pallava kings. No words to describe this. Just amazing.
  • Temple is completely made up of rock. Good architecture
  • Most beautiful architecture made by mankind. Whole thing was curved by one stone. Must visit once in life, with no or less charges.

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