Mamallapuram Five Rathas

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Mamallapuram Five Rathas

The Mamallapuram Five Rathas, part of the Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram, are monolithic shrines carved during the reign of King Mahendravarman I and his son Narasimhavarman I.

These temples, dedicated to the five Pandava brothers and their wife Draupadi, have been intricately carved by the artisans.

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Panch Rathas

Each of these temples is a monolith, carved from a rock of pink granite. The temples were never finished, as a result never used for worship.

Draupadi Ratha, the smallest ratha, is shaped like a bangla hut.

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Draupadi’s Ratha, dedicated to Goddess Durga

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Arjuna’s Ratha, dedicated to Lord Shiva

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Yudhishtir’s Ratha, dedicated to Lord Shiva

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View from the far end of the complex

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Bhima’s Ratha

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Nakula and ahadeva’s Ratha, dedicated to Lord Indra

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