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India, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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Location Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu State, Chingleput District, India
Coordinates N12 37 0.012 E80 11 30.012
Date of Inscription 1984

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This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva.

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Elephant sculpture, Pancha Rathas Arjuna's Penance, Descent of the Ganges

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