Mahabalipuram (Book published April 21, 2008)

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Author  R Nagaswamy
Publisher  Oxford University Press
Publication Date   April 21, 2008
ISBN  0195693736
Pages  136

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MAHABALIPURAM became a world heritage site in 1984. This group of monuments (mostly sanctuaries), founded by the Pallava kings, is carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famos "Descent of the Ganges," and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva.

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