Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram

Named after one of the Pandava brothers, Arjuna's Penance is an enormous ancient relief carving etched on two huge boulders that dates back to the 7th century. The inscription describes scenes from Hindu mythology and daily happenings from South Indian life at the time, with an artificial waterfall pouring from the carved hands of male and female "nagas." In addition to numerous other carved animals, you can't miss the life-sized carvings of elephants, shown protecting their young. The longer you look at this impressive sight, the more new details you will notice, right down to the small mice around the elephants' feet. Add Arjuna's Penance to your Mahabalipuram travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mahabalipuram online trip builder .
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  • Simply Marvelous !! The entire stone carvings are vivid and lively. My salutes to the artists who created this wonder which has lasted for thousands of years.  more »
  • This huge rock carving dates from 1200 years ago. 25 metres wide it shows the descent of the Ganges river into the world. The exact meaning is unclear with some scholars saying the images depict the.....  more »
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