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"The India Story" Seminar

  • 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.

Arjuna's Penance

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.

Five Rathas

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.

Tiger's Cave

It is 4 kms north of the main monument complex. It was an open air theatre, where cultural programmes are held. Though it 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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