Descent Of The Ganges, Mahabalipuram

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Marvel at exquisitely carved elephants of Descent Of The Ganges, a monumental open-air World Heritage Site rock relief carved on two monolithic boulders. Measuring 29 by 13 m (96 by 43 ft), the carving depicts a descent of sacred River Ganges from heavens to earth led by King Bhagiratha and followed by a host of gods, half-humans, mythical creatures and animals. Indian rock cut sculpture at its best, this 7th century monument served as a shining example for many subsequent styles. Get a guide to hear all the details about this fabulous figural composition, unparalleled in Indian art. Use our Mahabalipuram online trip maker to visit Descent Of The Ganges on your trip to Mahabalipuram, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • If you have read prior or having handy reference than spend some time to corelate as the wall says so much. So rather than just clicking pic try to identify all significant carvings 
    If you have read prior or having handy reference than spend some time to corelate as the wall says so much. So rather than just clicking pic try to identify all significant carvings  more »
  • i visited this place and shocked to see the beautiful sculptures. beautifully maintained and the designs are on point. 
    i visited this place and shocked to see the beautiful sculptures. beautifully maintained and the designs are on point.  more »
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  • The “Descent of the Ganges” is a well-loved Hindu story about the origins and religious significance of the sacred Ganges river. Many of the figures carved are in life size. The natural cleft, a very large perpendicular fissure, is skillfully sculptured.
  • ‘Decent of the Ganges’ is a group of rock carvings in Mahabalipuram. This place is an UNESCO World Heritage site, beautifully carved out on rock 1000s of years ago. It gives us a glimpse of our rich culture and beautiful history. Just an hour drive from Chennai, it is a must must visit places for everyone. Thankfully the weather was on our favour & we got to spend a lot of time around this place.

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