Monday, May 25, 2009
Mahabalipuram is best tourist spot near Chennai. The rathas temple chariots are examples of rock-cut architecture. Narasimha I and Rajasimha, the great Pallava Kings have well preserved these stylistic qualities of rock-cut caves, temples made from a single rock, temples and strives of different structures. Life size elephant and other creatures like monkey are carved in granite.
The Pancha Rathas (five Rathas) where each Ratha is sculpted in a different style and they were all carved out of a single piece of granite in situ. A small rock-cut temple Varaha Cave Temple dating back to the 7th century. Pallava King in order to safeguard the sculptures from the ocean, the temple Thirukadalmallai was built and it was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. After building the temple, the remaining architecture was preserved and was not corroded by sea.
The historical and fascinating tourist spot is attracted by many is not only due to these architecture but the vast casuarinas trees, the silvery sandy beach the classical hand male crafts around have made them all to form what is a collective splendor. Any person who visits Mahabalipuram will remain startled and intoxicated with the grandeur.