Places of interest in Tamilnadu
Mahabalipuram, a coastal town 64 kms from Chennai is a scultpor's delight.Mahabalipuram, is now known as Mamallapuram. It is believed to have been called Mahabalipuram after the great king Mahabali, who was blessed by Lord Vishnu in his Vamana Avataram. It is known as Mamallapuram after the Pallava king Narasimhavaramn I, who bore the title of Mamallan (great wrestler). The major contributions were by the Pallava rulers Narasimha Varman & Rajasimhan. The earlier works were rock cut temples & manadapams, while during the period of Rajasimhan they were structural constructions.

Arjuna's Penance

Pancha Pandava Rathas


Shore Temple

Spots near Mahabalipuram

Trip to Mahabalipuram on Dec 5, 2007
Dr.Swaminathan, retired professor from IIT Delhi had organized a trip to Mahabalipuram to understand and appreciate better the great art treasures gifted to us by the Pallavas.

The secret of the Seven Pagodas
Photographs: R. Ragu
The Hindu - Frontline, Volume 22 - Issue 10, May 07 - 20, 2005

Newly-discovered Mamallapuram temple fascinates archaeologists
By T.S. Subramanian
The Hindu - Frontpage, Sunday, Apr 10, 2005

A majestic survivor
The Hindu - Frontline, Volume 22 - Issue 02, Jan. 15 - 28, 2005

A monumental effort
Photographs: K. Gajendran
The Hindu - Frontline, Volume 20 - Issue 23, November, 08 - 21, 2003

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