Unbelievable -five small temples near one another that keep your eyes wide open.All in different styles...
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Carved from single pieces of rock, Pancha Rathas (translation - Five Rathas) are a set of 7th century monolithic temples in the Dravidian style of architecture. Influenced by Buddhist architecture, each temple is dedicated to a Hindu god and named for one of the Pancha...More
It's hard to believe that this site was hidden in the sand until excavated 200 years ago. The structures look like biuldings but were all carved from single large rocks. They are each chiselled in the shape of rathas or chariots out of a monolith...More
You have to pay a tourist tax (not paid by Indian tourists) to see the monuments but worth the 500 Rupees per person.
When you stop and consider what has been done here, the site cannot fail to impress. The masons have carved these temples and animals etc out of solid and extremely hard granite - from the top down!! You start off with a piece of granite...More
Five Ratas (chariots) for five different gods. Each chariot pulled by different animals e.g. snakes, elephants, ox, peacocks. Pity that not all the animal statues are there and people riding the statues show no respect of historical mouments. The five chariots are still in good...More
Fascinating sculptures from single rocks depicting chariots used in temple processions.Currently undergoing some maintenance.
Very interesting ancient sculptures dating back to the era of the end of the Roman empire - depicting beliefs and cultural practices still alive today.
5 Chariots for 5 Brothers - even if you have not read the Mahabharata, these chariots with attending elephant, Nandi and lion are artistic wonders and tie in with the other sites in Mahabalipuram.
Five Rathas is an archaeological site found in the small town of Mamallapuram. The Pancha Pandava Rathas actually in the tribute to the five Pandavas and Draupadi. There are 5 chariots, as well as a statue of Nandi, an elephant and a lion. The history...More