Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Vacation... Part 2 -At Mahabalipuram

We visited 3 different states in our 4 week vacation! Maybe that’s why we felt vacation was too short! During the second week, we were at Mahabalipuram near Chennai. It is famous for carvings on rock. It is marvelous to see the elaborate cave carvings that date back to many centuries ago. An interesting aspect of these sculptures is that, most of the sculptures are Monolithic ( made from single rock) despite their huge sizes!!Each rock-cut caves has a story to tell about the God and Goddesses. Below are some pictures taken at Mahabalipuram

Carvings inside one of the caves.

This Elephant sculpture was the cover page of my 6th grade History Textbook!!The Five Rathas-five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhistra, Nakula, Sahadeva).

There were lot of monkeys around to entertain Annabel. We also saw a monkey cleverly opening a pepsi bottle and sipping the remains!!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Nice pics....I will be visiting Mahabalipuram this month.