Just a few more from my visit to Mamallapuram. What an amazing collection of monuments. This must have been an amazing place 1400 years ago when these were built and it was a thriving seaport. The last big site we saw was a relief carved into a wall of rock depicting a major legend of Hinduism – the Descent of the Ganges. It’s 96 feet long by 43 feet high. The legend depicted in the relief is the story of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth from the heavens led by Bhagiratha. The waters of the Ganges are believed to possess supernatural powers. The descent of the Ganges and Arjuna’s Penance are portrayed in stone at the Pallava heritage site.
Next to the Descent of the Ganges relief was this temple carved into the rock hillside.