Friday, January 20, 2006

Mahabalipuram

I promised last month to share my pictures from Mahabalipuram in India. Here ya go.

The first picture is from a set of monuments known as "Five Rathas". It was worth the price of admission ($5 for foreigners) to get away from the very agressive vendors trying to sell stone carvings, postcards and copies of the Kama Sutra ("very wicky-wicky", one assured me).



The second set of monuments we saw was the "Shore Temple". I especially liked this one for its setting on the Indian Ocean.



The final set included the "Descent of the Ganges", which is apparently the world's largest bas-relief. Like all of these stone carvings, it dates from approximately the seventh century AD.



Near the Descent of the Ganges is a rock known as "Butterball." It was placed there by Krishna as a prank.

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