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Descent of the Ganges Mahabalipuram
Descent of the Ganges Mahabalipuram is a massive open-air relief carved of two monolithic rock boulders of 96 by 43 feet monument in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu.
The legend depicted in the bas-relief is the tale of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth from the heavens led by Bhagiratha. The waters of the Ganges are believed to have supernatural powers. The descent of the Ganges and Arjuna’s Penance are depicted in stone at the Pallava heritage site.
The bas-relief is more of a canvas of Indian rock cut sculpture at its best and cannot been seen anywhere in India.
It is one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram that were designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1984.