Mahabalipuram, India: 7th Century Bhima Ratha, Single Granite Stone.

Mahabalipuram, India: 7th Century Bhima Ratha, Single Granite Stone.

Pancha or five Rathas (also known as Pandava Rathas) are a series of monuments at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Dating from the late 7th century, it is attributed to the reign of King Mahendravarman I and his son Narasimhavarman I (630–680 AD) of the Pallava Kingdom. Photo shows the Bhima Ratha. The structures are without any precedence in Indian temple architecture and carved out of one rock. They survived the ravages of the Tsunamis of the 13th Century and 2004; they however display sand and wind erosion, which can be clearly seen in the image. These are not temples, as they are unfinished and were never consecrated. They are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site at Mahabalipuram. Shot in the afternoon sunlight; no people. Horizontal format. Copy space. ©Mano Chandra Dhas

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