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South of Chennai(Madras) on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Mamallapuram was once a port city of the Pallava rulers. The temples and rock cut sculptures of that period create a unique blend of history and natural beauty. The monuments of Mamallapuram are excellent specimen of Dravidian temple architecture and Pallava art.

The art in the marvellous monuments with sculpted panels, caves, monolith rathas and temples lay emphasis on robust earthly beauties, imbibed with life. The sculptures are breathtakingly real and artistic. The Pallavas were followers of Jainism but the conversion of Mahendra Vernman to Shaivism had drastic consequences on the future of Jainism and it also explains the Shiva and Vishnu temple at Mamallapuram.

The Shore temple is perhaps the most photographed monument in India after Taj Mahal. The temple is floodlit in the night and is a pure visual delight. The pleasure of watching the monument in light with cool breeze from the sea has no comparison. Mamallapuram attracts tourists from all over the globe to its monumental splendour and sunny beaches.

UNESCO has declared Mamallapuram to be a World Cultural Heritage site

All this has been carved from a SINGLE stone.

Here are some pics.

























For more pics and info, visit the thread for this in SSC India at

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=4123507#post4123507

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Farhan:Sour grapes. Please provide a reason why you gave it a three. It looks like you gave it a three out of sheer hate of India than anything else. Did you even look at the pics. Nobody in his/her right mind would give it a 3.
 
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