Descent of the Ganges at Mahabalipuram, in the Tamil Nadu accompaniment India, is one of a accumulation of monuments that were appointed as a World Ancestry Site back 1984. Measuring 96 anxiety (29 m) continued by 43 anxiety (13 m) high, it is a behemothic amphitheater abatement carved of the a caked rock. The monuments and sanctuaries were congenital by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries. The fable depicted in the abatement is the news of the coast of the angelic river Ganga to apple from the blast led by Bhagirata. The amnion of Ganges are believed to acquire abnormal powers. The coast of the Ganges and Arjuna's Penance are portrayed in bean at the Pallava ancestry site
In one interpretation, a amount in the bas-relief who is continuing on one leg is said to be Arjuna assuming an acerbity Tapas to accept a benefaction from Shiva as an aid in angry the Mahabharata war. (The benefaction which Arjuna is said to accept accustomed was alleged Pasupata, Shiva's best able weapon).
The bas abatement is anchored on a bedrock with a cleft. Above the broken was a accession pool, and at one time, baptize may accept flowed forth the cleft. Figures aural the broken are said to represent Ganga or the River Ganges and Shiva. This provides the base for an another estimation of the mural. Rather than Arjuna, the amount assuming austerities is said to be Bhagiratha. Bhagiratha is said to accept performed austerities so that Ganga ability alight to apple and ablution over the ashes of his relatives, absolution them from their sins. To breach Ganga's abatement from heaven to earth, she avalanche assimilate Shiva's hair, and is disconnected into abounding streams by his tresses.