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Top 5 Places To Visit In Mahabalipuram
Located in the Kancheepuram district, Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest cities in India and is known for its various stone carved monuments and ancient temples. Mahabalipuram, located in Tamilnadu was a port town during the 1st Century to 140 AD and was ruled by the ancient Pallava dynasty. The Pallava Kings Mahendravarman I and Narsimhavarman I have been attributed with the commissioning of most of the monuments back in the 7th and 8th century AD. The groups of monuments located here have also been deemed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Here’s the list of the must-visit places in Mahabalipuram.
1. Arjuna’s Penance
A huge open-air sculpture, Arjuna’s Penance shows the various events that occurred during Arjuna’s Penance. The relief is carved on two big rocks which are approximately 43 feet high, atop which a huge collecting pool used to be during the older times. The rock sculpting done on the rocks is intricate and is amazingly detailed and is unlike any other that is found in India.
3. Cave Temples
4. Shore Temple
5. Pancha Rathas
The 2004 tsunami caused a massive damage to many of the archeological monuments here. However the site has been well preserved through the years and is still considered the best collection of Pallava architecture and art. The aforementioned places are considered as the best of the monuments present at the ancient town of Mahabalipuram.