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This picture is taken at Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram situated in Tamilnadu in India. This was the 7th century port city of the Pallva Kings. The name Mamallapuram is believed to have been given after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, who took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler), as the favourite sport of the Pallavas was wrestling. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th centuries.The temples of Mamallapuram portrays events described in the Mahabharata, showcase the movement from rock-cut architecture to structural building. The mandapa or pavilions and the rathas or shrines shaped as temple chariots are hewn from the granite rock face, while the famed Shore Temple, erected half a century later, is built from dressed stone. The Shore Temple includes many bas reliefs, including one 100 ft. long and 45 ft. high, carved out of granite. All but one of the rathas from the first phase of Pallava architecture are modelled on the Buddhist viharas or monasteries and chaitya halls with several cells arranged around a courtyard.

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