Descent Of The Ganges, Mahabalipuram

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#3 of 15 in Historic Sites in Mahabalipuram
World heritage site · Monument · Historic Site
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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  • A beautiful piece of art carved on a monolithic rock. It is built on the same rock as Arjuna's penance and has a mythological and historical significance to it. The descent of the Ganges is depicted.....  more »
  • Have been there both during the day and at night when they switch on the spot-lights. It has a different beauty in both.  more »
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  • Historical place. A must visit to know our history and culture. Carved in one stone. Parking is available. Very close to bus stand.
  • Beautiful sculptures Must see Tourist attraction with family. 50 metres away from Bus stand Best time to visit is 6 am to 8 am during the time, the crowd will be less and it is easy to capture them in your camera. Parking space available Open area and carry umbrella if you are travelling during summer/rainy season.

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