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Descent Of The Ganges

Mahabalipuram

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Descent Of The Ganges Overview

Ranked 8 of 22 sightseeing in Mahabalipuram
Descent of the Ganges is a huge rock monument located on West Raja Street in Mahabalipuram. Carved in the 7th century during the Pallava reign on the face of an enormous boulder, this along with the adjacent carving, Arjuna's Penance, is one of the largest open-air rock sculptures in the world. The carvings on the rock portray the story of holy river, Ganges, descending from heaven to earth on the request of Sage Bhagiratha.
The two different carvings are divided by a natural perpendicular fissure that has been skillfully encompassed into the monument, denoting the flow of Ganges. The presence of a brick masonry cistern at the top of the fissure, proves the fact that a water tank was once placed at the top to give a realistic look of water flowing. About 146 figures are carved on the two boulders including gods, humans and animals that are seen watching the wonder of Ganges River reaching the earth.
You can also visit the Ganesh Ratha, situated at a walk able distance. The best time to visit would be during the annual Mahabalipuram Dance Festival.
The fast flowing east coast road connects this unique monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the outer world.


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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
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Divine Descent

In Bhagiratha Penance descent of the Holy Ganges, Carved on an huge rock, the panel describe the detailed story of Ganges Descend on Earth and Bhagiratha a sage, was chased by the Holy Ganges, that is why it has a name Bhagirathi too. This divine act is significantly carved on this huge rock.

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