From Chennai with Love (Pt 2) – Pictures by the Sea – Mamallapuram, World Heritage Site


The World Heritage Site Mamallapuram is about 60km from the Chennai City.  And we took a few hours off from work to pay this site a visit.  Our first stop is Five Rathas.  Outside, there are stalls for the tourists.

I took this picture because I love the blue sky!

And there are more stalls along the path to the site.

Pancha Rathas / Five Rathas (Five Chariots) consists of five monolithic pyramidal structures dating from the late 7th century.

Note that each the structure is carved from one single large piece of stone!

Each temple is a monolith and the five monolithic pyramidal structured shrines are named after the Pandavas and Draupadi.

Our next stop , I believe, is the main site Mamallapuram.

Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas.

At the site, we met an old Indian storyteller.  He is the site’s unofficial guide I suppose.  OK.  We agreed to his service on one condition.  Make it a 5 to 10 minutes tour!

This little animal structure was shattered into pieces and was restored.

Again, I love the blue sky.

What are these animals looking at?  I have no clue.  An eternal gaze for the return of the aliens?

Time for some micro photo shots near the area.  The site is more than just stones and sand, hot sun and shadow.

You may be wondering where is the sea as mentioned in the title of this article.  There you are.  Just a stone throw away from Mamallapuram.

Thank you for reading!  I hope you enjoy what you see here.  Next time if you visit Chennai, perhaps you shall pay Mamallapuram a visit?

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