Mahabalipuram

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byR. Nagaswamy

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Built in 700 ce by the famous Pallava king Rajasimha, Mahabalipuram is a unique monument where art form combines with religion and legends. Also known as Mamallapuram, it showcases the best of Tamil art and architecture. The beauty of the monument is further enhanced by its location on theshores of the Bay of Bengal, the latter significantly influencing the creations. Part of the prestigious Monumental Legacy series, this book presents a graphic account of the site and its monuments - mandapas (cave temples), rathas (chariots), open air bas-reliefs, and structural temples. Arjuna'spenance to obtain Pashupata weapon from Lord Shiva; Goddess Durga's victory over Mahishasura; Vishnu's incarnation as varaha; Goddess Lakshmi, personification of beauty; Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill - all familiar legends come alive in Mahabalipuram. The author also surveys other relatedsculptures, panels, and inscriptions like Adivaraha cave, Mahishasura Mardini cave and panel, Varaha cave and panel, and the shore temple. This book will be indispensable for the informed tourists visiting the site. It will also be useful for students and scholars of history, cultural studies, and art and architecture.

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Built in 700 ce by the famous Pallava king Rajasimha, Mahabalipuram is a unique monument where art form combines with religion and legends. Also known as Mamallapuram, it showcases the best of Tamil art and architecture. The beauty of the monument is further enhanced by its location on theshores of the Bay of Bengal, the latter signifi...

R. Nagaswamy served a Vice-Chancellor at Kanchipuram University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198071272

ISBN - 13:9780198071273

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's PrefaceList of IllustrationsPreface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Artists and their Material2. Authorship3. Rajasimha the Builder4. List of Monuments5. Monuments6. Mamallapuram through the CenturiesPractical Tips and InformationGlossaryFurther Reading