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Raya Gopura, Mahabalipuram

#10 of 15 in Historic Sites in Mahabalipuram
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Wander through the remains of Raya Gopura, an ancient , unfinished temple entrance, and admire its intricate carvings and sculptures that survived the test of time. Largely overlooked by tourists, the hilltop location serves as a good vantage point offering uninterrupted views of the coastline and the nearby lighthouse. The monument was erected by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana in the 12th century, but suffered a Muslim invasion in the 14th century and has been laying in ruins ever since. Look for the statue of Lord Narasimha--part lion and part man avatar of Vishnu--on one of the granite pillars. With our international travel planner, Mahabalipuram attractions like Raya Gopura can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Incomplete but nice location. You have to climb uphill. Would have been biggest amongst all the monuments if competed that time.  more »
  • Roya Gopura is one of the monuments in Mahabalipuram city. It is one of the attractions of the city. Raya gopuram is the stone standing position. This stone remains of an ancient , unfinished temple.....  more »
  • Architectural wonder. I still wonder how they took the stoes up there
  • Wonderful piece of architecture. It is located at a place that only a few people can get a sight of. The wall sculpting speaks a lot about the hardwork taken to construct it. The viee from that place is also wonderful.

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