A Rich Cultural Heritage

The Great Dravidian Heritage

Art & Architecture and monumental sculptures depicting the great Dravidian culture of South India, during the Pallava Kingdom’s rule with Kanchipuram as its capital,

a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram, for your view.

A Rich Cultural Heritage - A view of the Seven Pagodas at the Mahabalipuram
The Pagodas
A Rich Cultural Heritage - A skyline of a sculpted temple tower at the Mahabalipuram
One of the tower sculptures of the Pagodas
A Rich Cultural Heritage - A picture of Monolithic Sculptures
Monolithic Sculptures
A Rich Cultural Heritage - A picture of a monolithic cave
A Monolithic Cave

Scriptures or Sculptures?

The epic tale of God Krishna and Kuchela depicted on the wall of the cave.

A Rich Cultural Heritage - A picture of Cave Sculptures of Lord Krishna and his friend Kuchela
God Krishna and his childhood friend, Kuchela

Period:  It is an ancient historic seaport (town) during the time of Periplus, 1st century CE, and Ptolemy, 140 CE.

Location:  Chennai, India

Inspired by https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/heritage/

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-y3-05/

https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2017/05/16/tuesday-photo-challenge-travel/

Daily Prompt Wonder

Bullie & Baarbie

 

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Thursday’s Special – Profile

 

A profile of the sculpture of a lion –

 

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At the Seven Pagodas, Mahabalipuram, Chennai City, India.

Also visit https://bullyboyblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/resilient-the-seven-pagodas/

 

 

 

Bullyboy

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge – Flight of Stairs

The Odd Ball

A picture of a monolithic carving of flight of stairs

I found the stairs on the big rock starting from the middle of nowhere (which is really hard to step on) and leading to the top, a bit odd.

A picture of a monolithic carving of flight of stairs

However, this place is known for its sculptures (Mahabalipuram – A World Heritage Site).

Bullyboy

Aesthetic

Aesthetic – A World Heritage!

A picture of a monolithic sculpture - Mahabalipuram

Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, around 60 km south of the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE), from where ancient Indian traders sailed to countries of South East Asia.

It was a port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas in the 7th century. It has a group of sanctuaries carved out of rock in the 7th and 8th centuries, called rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Always wanted such a picture in my living room.

Bullyboy

One of the Ancient Wonders of World

One of the Seven Wonders?…

Yes it’s the Mahabalipuram in Chennai, India

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The Seven Pagodas (cars or rathas), curved out of a single rock each, is a wonder rooted on the beach sands of Mahabalipuram otherwise known as Mamallapuram.  Today, only a few of them exist as the other ones are submerged in the sea.  Also, the shore temple is one of the beauty sights to the eyes…

According to Wikipedia, it is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram.

By the 7th century, it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of single rock each along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries: rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bullyboy