Between 501 to 1000 CE, Pallavas, Tamilnadu, World Heritage Sites

Mamallapuram – The Workshop of Pallavas

Mamallapuram – The Workshop of the Pallavas

‘The Seven Pagodas’ by Elisha Trapaud, 1805 (courtesy – British Library)



  1. Introduction
    1. Sthalapuranas
  2. Annotated Bibliography of Two Millenniums
    1. Earliest Times to 1800 CE
    2. 1801 CE to 1900 CE
    3. 1901 to Till Date
  3. Monuments
    1. Cave Temples
      1. Adi-Varaha Perumal Temple
      2. Kotikal Mandapa
      3. Dharmaraja Mandapa
      4. Koneri Mandapa
      5. Mahishasuramardini Mandapa
      6. Varaha Mandapa
      7. Pancha-Pandava Mandapa
      8. Ramanuja Mandapa
      9. Trimurti Cave
      10. Atiranachanda Mandapa
      11. Yali Mandapa
    2. Rathas
      1. Pancha Rathas
        1. Draupadi Ratha
        2. Arjuna Ratha
        3. Bhima Ratha
        4. Dharmaraja Ratha
          1. Ground Floor
          2. First Floor
          3. Second Floor
        5. Sahadeva Ratha
      2. Ganesha Ratha
      3. Other Rathas
    3. Open Air Bas-Reliefs
      1. The Great Penance
      2. Krishna Mandapa
    4. Structural Temples
      1. Shore Temple
        1. Vishnu Temple
        2. Varaha Well
      2. Mukund-Nayanar Temple
      3. Olankanneshvar Temple
    5. Other Structures
      1. Gopi’s Churn
      2. Dharmaraja Seat
      3. Krishna’s Butterball
  4. Riddles of Mamallapuram
    1. The Mystery of the Seven Pagodas
    2. Authorship of the Monuments
    3. Incompleteness of the Monuments
    4. Architecture, a gradual movement or spatial
  5. Bibliography
    1. Books
    2. Journals
  • Rajesh

    Wonderful and very informative. This place has a lot to offer one to see.

  • Raman

    Excellent article. However, can you please check Narasimhavarman I and II?. Few places you are mentioning Narasimhavarma II Mamalla, whereas it should be Narasimavarma I mamalla – under para on Longhurst and points to ponder -2.

  • Saurabh Saxena

    @Raman – thanks a lot to put my attention to this very critical typing error, I have corrected this now.

  • Raman

    Now that corrections are done, please delete my earlier comment except first sentence. They are jarring note on otherwise beautiful article

  • Sree Narayana Guru Mandiram

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information.
    A clear history of mahabalipuram.

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