Saturday, 18 August 2012

Mammalapuram Ancient Port City Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu


Mammalapuram (mahabalipuram) is one of the important place to visit in kanchipuram. It was a flourishing port town during the time of Pallavas. This thriving port city was given the lease of life through the chisels of Pallavas. The monuments of Mamallapuram are excellent specimen of Dravidian temple architecture and Pallava art. The art in the marvellous monuments with sculpted panels, caves, monolith rathas and temples lay emphasis on robust earthly beauties, imbibed with life. Mythological episodes, epic battles, demons, Gods, animals, all vividly depicted on the wall. These   sculptures   are breathtakingly real and artistic. Most of the temple and monuments were completed during the reigns
Mammalapuram Ancient Port City Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu
 Narasimha Varman I and Narasimha Varman II. In contrast to the grand monuments of the Cholas, the architecture of Pallavas is simple yet very lively and attractive. The Pallavas were followers of Jainism but the conversion of Mahendra Vernman to Shaivism had drastic consequences on the future of Jainism and it also explains the Shiva and Vishnu temple at Mamallapuram. The shore temple strikes a very romantic theme and is perhaps the most photographed monument in India after Taj Mahal. The temple is flood lit in the night and then its beauty comes out to fully. The pleasure of watching the monument in light with cool breeze from the sea has no comparison. Mamallapuram attracts tourists from all over the globe to its monumental splendour and sunny beaches.

General Information Mammalapuram
Area - 8 sq. km.
Altitude - Sea level
Population - 12,000
Climate Max. Min.
Summer : 36.6ºC 21.1ºC
Winter : 31.5 ºC 19.8ºC
Rainfall 32.5 cm average
Clothing Tropical -Season Throughout the year
Languages spoken - Tamil and English
STD Code - 044
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