Trip To Mahabalipuram
I visited Mahabalipuram once during my Holiday vacation with my Family and Friends, Mahabalipuram is located 65 KM away from Chennai on East Coast Road. Mahabalipuram is also called Mamllapuram.
The Travel from Chennai to Mahabalipuram is pleasant, due to its pretty scenic views. From Chennai it takes about one and half hour to reach mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram is popular for its stone carvings temples and monuments.
Mahabalipuram - World Heritage Tourist Spot
The most important Tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram is Shore temple which is considered as World Heritage site.
Mahabalipuram - Pallava Dynasty
The Mahabalipuram monuments are excellent rock-cut and monolithic, they express the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design can not be explained in words.
Mahabalipuram – Dravidian architecture
In Mahabalipuram Tourists can view cave temples, monolithic rathas, Mahabalipuram chariots, sculpted relief's and structural temples.
The pillars are built by following Dravidian culture. The sculptures and Architectural temples clearly explain the Pallava Dynasty and temples Pallava Art.
In Mahabalipuram It is believed that it served as a school for young sculptors. The different types of sculptures, incompletely finished Pallava Art, are the examples to express the Unique style Pallava architecture, This style in architecture can be visible in the Mahabalipuram Pancha Rathas, each Ratha is sculpted and designed by following different style in Dravidian architecture.
Then we visited to Thirukadalmallai, the temple in Mahabalipuram which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple was built by Pallava King. It is also believed that after the construction of Thirukadalmallai temple, the remaining Pallava architecture was preserved and nothing corroded by sea.
Next we visited Arjuna's Penance relief sculpture on a massive scale extolling the great episode from Mahabharata, the Hindu epic.
Varaha Cave Temple is also there which a small temple is made up of rock-cut. This definitely takes back you to the 7th century.
The Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the temple was beautifully reconstructed after being washed away in a cyclone in Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram - Pancha Rathas
Pancha Rathas the Five Chariots are the major attraction and we exclaimed a lot on seeing the five monolithic pyramidal structures memorizing the Pandavas in Mahabaratam including Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva and Draupadi. The very interesting aspect of Pancha Rathas is carved from one single large piece of stone.
The Journey to Mahabalipuram definitely an unforgettable Dream vacation for us.