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11 January 2011
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Today, Mahabalipuram is a pilgrim site that witnesses devotees not only from India but from all over the world. Today it is one of the major tourist attractions for scholars, devotees, artisans, architects and historians. These monuments gained UNESCO’s “World Heritage site distinction” twenty-six years ago i.e. in the year 1984.

This heritage site was once the seaport of the ancient Pallava Dynasty and today it has about forty monuments that include one of the largest open-air bas-reliefs in the world. The Mahaballipuram seaport traded with distant kingdoms of Southeast Asia. These kingdoms were Kambuja (Cambodia), Shrivijaya (Malaysia, Sumatra and Java) and with the empire of Champa (Annam). The Distinction of “World Heritage Site” is divided into four categories of monuments. These are:

* Ratha Temples: the temples in the form of processional chariots carved from rocks.

* Mandapas : the sanctuaries covered with bas-reliefs.

* Rock reliefs: Including descents of River Ganga

* Temple : The magnificent pyramidal towers made by cutting huge pieces of rocks. Most of these temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Trimurti cave Temple

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Mamallapuram Lighthouse

Rayar Gopuram

Krishna Mandapam Middle Panel Wall

Temple wall

Varaha cave temple

Mahishamardini Mandapam

Arjuna's Penance - Rock-cut Elephant

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