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“Giant sculptures” 4 of 5 stars
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Arjuna's Penance
W. Raja St, Mahabalipuram, India
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Owner description: This bas-relief with life-size images from a mythical story adorns a huge rock.
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“Giant sculptures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

These are beautiful sculptures and are very similar to ajanta/ellora style. But are carved on sand stone. The two giant elephants, meditating men, dogs and lions (Symbol of Pallava Kingdom) are some of the highlights.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing (Must go)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Even before coming, I saw its photos in some guidebook and Web sites. When I was right in front of it, I was indeed amazed. THis was huge and so beautiful. Lovely.

This is a piece of outstanding art work from the ancent.

This can be the single reason to go to Mahabalipuram.

Visited February 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Life size depicts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Arjuna's penance is a giant open air bas relief (built in the seventh century) where the penance of human beings are compared to that of animals. I am sure that any art lover would wonder how the sculptor managed to create such an amazing art. The two giant elephants, meditating men, dogs and lions (Symbol of Pallava Kingdom) are some of the highlights. For long, Arjuna's penance has been the poster art for this heritage town. Arjuna's penance is simply the height of creativity.

Visited February 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Arjuna's Penance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

awesome very worthwhile excellent place for pictures
one of the must see places in mahabalipurum
stunning you can look at this and realize the craftsmanship
in the 7 and 8 th century CE this is from a monolithic piece

Visited January 2013
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This was carved in an era which was not even iron age - which means the whole thing was carved by rock itself. Stunning !

Visited November 2012
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