Friday, November 27, 2009


The temples of Mamallapuram, congenital abundantly during the reigns of Narasimhavarman and his almsman Rajasimhavarman, advertise the movement from rock-cut architectonics to structural building. The mandapa or pavilions and the rathas or shrines shaped as temple chariots are hewn from the granite bedrock face, while the acclaimed Shore Temple, erected bisected a aeon later, is congenital from dressed what makes Mamallapuram so culturally beating are the influences it absorbs and disseminates. The Shore Temple includes abounding bas reliefs including one 100 ft. continued and 45 ft. aerial carved out of granite.

All but one of the rathas from the aboriginal appearance of Pallava architectonics are modelled on the Budhist viharas or monasteries and chaitya halls with several beef abiding about a courtyard. Art historian Percy Brown, in fact, traces the accessible roots of the Pallava Mandapa to the agnate rock-cut caves of Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves. Referring to Narasimhavarman's achievement in AD 642 over the Chalukyan baron Pulakesin II, Brown says the Pallava baron may accept brought the sculptors and artisans aback to Kanchi and Mamallapuram as 'spoils of war

According to descriptions by aboriginal biking writers from Britain, the breadth abreast Mahabalipuram had seven pagodas by the sea. Accounts of Mahabalipuram were aboriginal accounting bottomward by British traveller John Goldingham who was told of the "Seven Pagodas" back he visited in 1798.
An age-old anchorage burghal and genitalia of a temple congenital in the 7th aeon may accept been baldheaded by the tsunami that resulted from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. As the after-effects gradually receded, the force of the baptize removed beach deposits that had covered assorted bouldered structures and appear carvings of animals, which included an elaborately carved arch of an albatross and a horse in flight. A baby square-shaped alcove with a carved bronze of a celestial could be apparent aloft the arch of the elephant. In addition structure, there was a carve of a collapsed lion. The use of these beastly sculptures as decorations is constant with added busy walls and temples from the Pallava aeon in the 7th and 8th centuries.

The Archaeological Survey of India beatific defined to activate underwater excavations of the breadth on 17 February 2005.


  1. Rock art is fascinating. So is the history of how it migrated from the "fertile crescent" to Mauryan Dynasty India and then via Buddhism to so much of the
    rest of the world. Google: "stupa rock Utah" &