Heritage : Dharmaraja Ratha – Indian rock-cut architecture

Replica of Dharmaraja Ratha @ Chennai Airport

Replica of Dharmaraja Ratha @ Chennai Airport

 

 

 

Dharmaraja Ratha : Mamallapuram, also known as mahabalipuram is a town around 60 km south from chennai, india.  It has a group of sanctuaries carved out of rock along the coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries by the pallavas.  Mamallapuram has rathas – temples in the form of chariots, mandapas – cave sanctuaries, giant open air reliefs such as the famous ‘descent of the ganges’ and the shore temple.

This sculpture located at Chennai airport is a combination of the Dharmaraja Ratha and the descent of the ganges

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