A short video capturing the beauty of rock-cut monuments in Mahabalipuram commissioned by the kings of the Pallava Dynasty in 7th century AD. Most of them are monolithic, cut out of large hard boulders of granite and the mind boggles to imagine how they are conceived and executed.
The Monuments can be classified into following types:
- Relief (Face of the rock is carved to form a mural),
- Ratha (monolithic where entire rock is carved into a free standing structure),
- Mandapa (Monolithic where a rock is carved into like a cave) and
- Masonry (large pieces of rock are carved and put together using mortar)
The monuments appearing in the video in order are:
* Shore Temple - Masonry, on a base carved out of a resident single rock
* Five Rathas - A site containing 5 Shrines to Durga, Indra and Shiva along with their 'vehicles' Lion, Elephant and Bull. Each sculpted in a different prevailing style with some innovation. Their huddled nature, different styles and unfinished states have led some to believe that they served as school for sculptors.
* Hill Area - An area with lots of boulders containing several finished and unfinished monuments.
#1 Arjuna's Penance - Relief
#2 Krishna Mandapa - Relief with enclosing structure added later.
#3 Ganesha Ratha
#4 Varaha Mandapa
#5 Rayar Gopura - Masonry - A gateway to a temple however this one does not lead to a temple and hence is almost an abstract gateway to nowhere!
#6 Ramanuja Mandapa
#7 Mahishasura Mardhini Mandapa
#8 Olakneswara Temple (Masonry)
#9 Trimurthi Mandapa
#10 Pancha Pandava Mandapa (with another unfinished one nearby)
#11 Pidari Rathas
#12 Valayankuttai Ratha
#13 Kotikal Mandapa
#14 Adi-Varaha Mandapa
The music is a medley of classical tamil music in guitar instrumental:
2. Kurai Ondrum Illai
3. Chinnanchiru Kiliye
4. Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai
5. Parukkulle Nalla Naadu
6. Jayathi Jayathi Bharathi
7. Radha Sametha
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