This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva.

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3 sites in this World Heritage

  • [main complex of Mahabalipuram]
  • Mukunda Nayanar Temple
  • Pidari Ratha / Valian Kuttai Ratha

[main complex of Mahabalipuram]

Mukunda Nayanar Temple

Pidari Ratha / Valian Kuttai Ratha

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
India 
Category
Cultural
Name
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(ii)(iii)(vi)
Year of Registered
1984
Keyword
Monument, Registered in 1984