Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mahabalipuram- the ever wondering PALLAVA Architecture

                This friday was fabulous spending time in a historical place....The Mahabalipuram(Mamallapuram), is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu....Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu.... The name Mamallapuram is believed to have been given after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, who took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler), as the favourite sport of the Pallavas was wrestling... It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th centuries, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

                   The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible....The temples of Mamallapuram, portraying events described in the Mahabharata, built largely during the reigns of Narasimhavarman and his successor Rajasimhavarman, showcase the movement from rock-cut architecture to structural building....


Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots)-  five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi... An interesting aspect of the rathas is that, despite their sizes they are not assembled - each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone...




the first and second rathas...

third and fourth rathas...

the fifth ratha...

the amazing rock carving...


Varaha Cave Temple - a small rock-cut temple dating back to the 7th century



The descent of the Ganges and Arjuna's Penance- These are portrayed in stone at the Pallava heritage site...In one interpretation, a figure in the bas-relief who is standing on one leg is said to be Arjuna performing an austerity Tapas to receive a boon from Shiva as an aid in fighting the Mahabharata war...The bas relief is situated on a rock with a cleft.... Above the cleft was a collecting pool, and at one time, water may have flowed along the clef.... Figures within the cleft are said to represent Ganga or the River Ganges and Shiva...





 Krishna's Butter Ball- There are no documented legends attached to how Krisna’s Butter Ball came to rest in this particularly precarious position... From one angle, this free-standing granite stone appears to have sheared off some larger formation, but there is no evidence of any nearby location where it might have originated...



 The Shore Temple - a structural temple along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea.... Recent excavations have revealed new structures here.... The temple was reconstructed stone by stone from the sea after being washed away in a cyclone...



        This place is a gift for art and craft lovers too...here you can grab so many artefacts skillfully carved in granite...jute bags,shells are also abundantly available...















Don't miss to hit the Tiger Cave on the way nearby Mahabalipuram...This amazing mandapa contains a shrine that is dedicated to the goddess Durga...There are large and impressive figures located in front of the caves. As with most carvings in India, the carvings and figures tell a story. This story has to do with an event that happened to the goddess Durga...

hope you enjoyed this tour friendz :-)


18 comments:

  1. So much info...interesting! Haven't been to the place but I have sure heard enuf to long to go there...someday! Nice pics! & fab collection of artefacts...can makeout Raja Ravi Varma's painting too:) Love his art!

    Thanks for ur visit & motivating words Nisha:)

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  2. thx a lot for ur lovely lovely comments deepa...

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  3. Wonderful post. It is always a delight to see posts about Indian Architecture and history. I have been to Mahabalipuram and you have just refreshed the memories.

    www.hastkalaa.blogspot.com

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  4. thnk u so much shweta...itz a pleasure for me even...

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  5. wow..beautiful place! great Architecture and carving. the gift shop is very nice. what did u bought???:)

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  6. nice ''INDIAN TOUR'', we have such beautiful places to see...and those local shops...great capture...very thanks for sharing...

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  7. Wonderful shots. The carvings are amazing.

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  8. thnk u so mch nayana,nandi and rajesh...

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  10. Beautiful shots....!! Well captured ...!! Its amazing to see the intricate work done centuries back....!! Incredible architecture...!!!

    And congrats on winning the giveaway !!

    Have a fab week !!

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  11. wow thz a gr8 news dear....thnk u sooooo much simran...

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  12. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Lovely photos of Mahaballipurram, always wanted to visit the place. Glad to see a blog focused on art, my brother who is an artist has just started a blog which should be of interest to you. It is still in its nascent stage. All the same have a look.
    http://yoursartistically.blogspot.com/

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  13. thnk u so much shilpi for ur wonderful comment and sharing ur bro's blog...

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  14. I re-visited Mahabalipuram with you, and it was very refreshing to do so. The pictures are very clear, and some of them with no people hanging around - that is great.

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