a coastal town 64 kms from Chennai is a scultpor's delight.Mahabalipuram,
is now known as Mamallapuram. It is believed to have been called
Mahabalipuram after the great king Mahabali, who was blessed by Lord Vishnu
in his Vamana Avataram. It is known as Mamallapuram after the Pallava
king Narasimhavaramn I, who bore the title of Mamallan (great wrestler).
The major contributions were by the Pallava rulers Narasimha Varman &
Rajasimhan. The earlier works were rock cut temples & manadapams,
while during the period of Rajasimhan they were structural constructions.
to Mahabalipuram on Dec 5, 2007
retired professor from IIT Delhi had organized a trip to Mahabalipuram
to understand and appreciate better the great art treasures gifted to us
by the Pallavas.