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India Story" Seminar
- SEEING CHENNAI
- Government Museum
- National Art Gallery
- A few temples
Excursion to Mamallapuram
Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram is a tourist town 60 kms south of Chennai
famous for its stone carvings. The most famous monument
is the Shore Temple.
This skilfully carved rock is the largest bas - relief
sculpture in the world. It gets its name from the
figure of an ascetic
who is believed to be Arjuna, the hero of Mahabharata, doing
penance to obtain a boon from Lord Siva. However, there are
others who think that the figure is actually Bhagiratha who
entreated Siva to let the river Ganges flow over the earth.
There are five monolithic temples, each created in different
style. They are also know as Pancha Pandava Rathas, and
four of the Rathas are supposed to have been scooped
out of a
single rock formation.
It is 4 kms north of the main monument complex. It was
an open air theatre, where cultural programmes are held.
is very near the sea, the place is serene and calm.
The Shore Temple
This is one of the oldest temples in South India. It
belongs to the 8th Century AD and is a good example
of the first
phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian
style. The monuments
are flood lit at night and so it is possible to enjoy
their beauty after sunset.
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