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.
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.
Draupadi’s Ratha, dedicated to Goddess Durga
Arjuna’s Ratha, dedicated to Lord Shiva
Yudhishtir’s Ratha, dedicated to Lord Shiva
View from the far end of the complex
Nakula and ahadeva’s Ratha, dedicated to Lord Indra