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Arjuna's Penance

#Monument in Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is an Open air museum with a treasure chest of India's heritage. Topping the to do list is visiting Arjuna's penance, a beautifully carved monolith. It is one of the largest bas reliefs in the world, given the honor of the world heritage site. This site is named after one of the great leaders of the Mahabharata epic- one of the Pancha Pandavas.

The monolith was carved on the face of 2 huge boulders with a length of 96ft. The majestic rock sculpture is known as the Descent of the Ganges, depicting a scene from the Mahabharata where Arjuna undergoes rigorous penance to get Shiva's weapon and destroy his enemies. Lord Shiva sent down the Ganges to answer his prayers hence both the names. The fascinating skill of the sculptures can be seen clearly in the minute Details and liveliness of the figures.

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Tamil Nadu, India
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12.6177355°N, 80.1904535°E
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Read traveller's reviews about Arjuna's Penance..

Overall Rating:4.5

  '5' out of 5
"really amazing experience. the great art work. it is nations pride. it is to difficult to express the beauty of the art work...a must visit place"
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"Good carving on rocks! And an amazing story behind it. You should learn the story that tells the carving, before you visit there!"
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"Another great piece of architecture. If you are in the vicinity take five mins out and visit it as these places are located next to each other and offers a great insight into India's earlier architectural marvel era."
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"You cannot afford to miss this place. A sheer sculptural treat is awaiting you there. Also, don't miss the wonder "Krishna's Butter Ball" a rock which doesn't roll down, defying the gravitational theories."
  '4' out of 5
"You feel excited on seeing such as sculpture. Pallavas were the masters of scultpture"

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