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#2 of 25 Places To Visit in Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
entry fee
per person (for Indians; it includes entry fee to the Shore temple)
per person (for Foreign nationals; it includes entry fee to the Shore temple)
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours.

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about pancha rathas

Panch Rathas in Mahabalipuram are stupendous monolith shrines dedicated to  each of the Pandavas from the epic saga of Mahabharata. Created by the Pallavan kings, King Mahendravarman and King Narasimhavarman, his son, and labelled World Heritage site, each shrine here has been carved out of a single block of pink granite and intricately sculpted into existence. Standing here since the 7th century A.D., and having weathered the wrath of nature and time over the years, the Rathas, though appearing slightly unfinished, are grand exemplars of Pallavan rock-cut architectural style. 

As you enter the complex of Panch Rathas, Draupadi’s ratha is on you right. Shaped like a hut, Draupadi’s ratha is also dedicated to Goddess Durga. Next up is Arjuna’s rath, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nakula and Sahadev’s rath, in front of Arjuna’s, has a number of beautiful, stately sculptures of elephants.  Fittingly, the biggest rath is that of Bhima’s. It is humongous and has lion sculptures surrounding it and carved on its pillars. Finally, towards one end of the complex is Yudhistra’s rath, eldest of the Pandavas.

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Vani Boppana
Vani Boppana
Same ticket as Shore Temples; truly worth your visit
Jun 22 2014
These are truly beautifully carved, and almost seem alive. As other reviewers have noted, they are part of a World Heritage site and date back more than 1200 years. I've attached perhaps too many pictures, but if you're in Tamil Nadu, you'll want to ...... read more
Santhosh Kanna
Santhosh Kanna
“Beautiful Architecture”
Jun 21 2014
Not much to see here, except stone sculpture. Its worth watching this place at least once. Outside this place you will find the local market of beautiful stone sculptures, one thing which you require her is bargain skill :-)