Incredible India: Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram, Chennai

The Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India are a group of UNESCO World Heritage monuments built by the Pallavas in 7-8 CE. There are five major monuments (rathas) that represents each Pandava brother, in Mahabaratha (Indian Epic). These rock-cut sculptures were made by cutting from a single large granite rock (initially). It is estimated that even with many trained sculptures, these monuments might have taken a few years to complete! Some speculate that it was a training ground for new sculptures as each one is experimental and different. More…

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