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    Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram

    January 30, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today we have a short drive to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, once the capital of the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th Century CE. On arrival we will have an included visit to the incredible Shore Temples and other monuments around the town (time permitted ).

    gegen 08:00 sind wir weiter gefahren. Ab jetzt können die Hotelzimmer nur noch besser werden. Spätestens in Sri Lanka erwarten uns ***** Sterne, die uns für alles entschädigen werden was wir in Indien erleiden mussten. Das haben wir uns wirklich verdient! Ab 11:00 haben wir uns diverse Tempel in „Mahabalipuram“* (siehe angesehen. Auch hier bin ich vor ca. 10 Jahren schon einmal gewesen, kann mich aber nur noch schwach erinnern. Insbesondere die Tempel, die jeweils aus einem großen Stein gemeißelt wurden, sind beeindruckend.

    The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century CE religious monuments in the coastal resort town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Chennai. The site has 400 ancient monuments and Hindu temples, including one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world: the Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna's Penance. The group contains several categories of monuments: ratha temples with monolithic processional chariots, built between 630 and 668; mandapa viharas (cave temples) with narratives from the Mahabharata and Shaivic, Shakti and Vaishna inscriptions in a number of Indian languages and scripts; rock reliefs (particularly bas-reliefs); stone-cut temples built between 695 and 722, and archaeological excavations dated to the 6th century and earlier. The monuments were built during the Pallava dynasty. Known as the Seven Pagodas in many colonial-era publications, they are also called the Mamallapuram temples or Mahabalipuram temples in contemporary literature. The site, restored after 1960, has been managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.

    Editiert am 03.05.2019.
    Text von Wolfgang
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