Posted by: Satheesh Kumar Muthu | December 19, 2008

Mamallapuram-The Poetry in Stone




Its really a nice place to visit.I went  there about 1 yr ago.But, as it was a hot summer then,I cudn’t enjoy the trip.Mamallapuram,also called Mahabalipuram is world famous for its shore temple and is located in Tamil Nadu about 60 kms to the south of chennai.It was the second capital of Pallava Kings of Kancheepuram.Most of its monuments date back to the 7th century A.D,and a few even to the 1st century A.D.Infact,the sea shore temple in Mamallapuram is one of  the oldest temples in south India.It was once a sea port and there’s a light house on the top of a hill.Everything appears natural.

Though it is no longer a port,Mamallapuram has retained its fame in stone,thanks to the pallava artisans.It is among the most outstanding examples of dravidian art and architecture and a jewel in the crown of tamil nadu.In a land that is liberally strewn with some of the best in temple art,Mamallapuram holds its own,and stands as a silent yet eloquent witness to the glory of its creators.Unfortunately most of the work was left incomplete,and time and nature have also eroded the remains of this once great port.

Yet,Mamallapuram’s wonders in rock leave visitors enthralled,conveying as they do,an impression of beauty and harmony.The monuments are floodlit at night and so it is possible to enjoy their beauty even after sunset.The Mamallapuram dance festival is conducted every year during DEC-JAN.It is a month long festival and dances take place during the weekends.Classical dances such as Bharatanatyam,Kuchipudi,Kathakali,Mohini Attam,Odissi,Kathak etc. are performed by well known exponents of the art.







1) Mahishasuramardhinicave,

2) Krishna mandapam,

3)Five Rathas,

4)Arjuna’s Penance,

5)The Shore Temple,

6)Others-the Ganesh Ratha,the Varaha Cave,the Old Light House,the Krishna’s Butter Ball,the Open Air Museum,the Tiger’s Cave etc.


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