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Time for a Pallava by TonyCrehan

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Featured in Everything Old A New Treasure Group on 10/25/12

The temple city of Mahabalipuram (also Mamallapuram) is situated just 60 km off Chennai on the Bay of Bengal coast in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Scan of 35mm print taken in 1982.

Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of history’s intriguing enigmas. The ancient Mamallapuram, as Mahabalipuram was formerly known, was flourishing port town of the Pallava rulers of south India who chiseled in stone a fabulous “open-air museum” of sculpture under the vault of a burning sky. Apart from this, nothing is known of the place. What was the purpose behind this whole exercise, and, more important, why all the royal patronage this place enjoyed suddenly disappeared, no one actually has any answer. Staying at Mahabalipuram Resorts is an unique way of experiencing its history.

Experts say that there were seven pagodas or temples on the shores of Mahabalipuram. All but one were pillaged by the rapacious sea, though there is little underwater evidence to substantiate their existence.

Most of the temples and rock carvings of this place were built during the reigns of Narsinha Varman I (AD 630-668) and Narsinha Varman II (AD 700-728). Though the initial kings of Pallava dynasty were followers of Jainism, the conversion of Mahendra Varman (AD 600-630) to Shaivism led most of the monuments to be related with Shiva or Vishnu.

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  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 3 years ago

    Excellent composition. Nicely captured.

  • Thanks William. Appreciate your comments. tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • Thanks

    – TonyCrehan

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Amazing capture and interesting info on this incredible location!

  • Thanks for your fave and comment Angie. The local bus ride on dirt roads from Chennai with livestock, village wedding party and many people was also very interesting. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey

    – TonyCrehan

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 3 years ago

    Great work

  • Thank you Joy. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 3 years ago

    Quite amazing architecture and intricate details. Amazing that they have survived. Kasia

  • Hi Kasia. Yes truly amazing and a wonderful sight to see. This was 30 years ago but I am sure they will last many more. Thanks for your comment. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    Fantastic, the architecture is amazing, I would love to visit there …

  • It is worth a visit if you can travel Tom. So much history in evidence. Thanks for adding this to your favourites. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • patcheah
    patcheahalmost 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful temple! Well captured!

  • Thank you very much for your fave and comment. I was pleased to be able to save something from this old negative.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 2 years ago

    Ancient Treasures

  • Thanks for the great news Jane….always a thrill to have my work featured in the group.

    – TonyCrehan

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