Sunday, 17 July 2011

Stone Cold Steve Indian

HTemp:  36c
Rain:       5.6cm
`-$:         44.51

As previously mentioned, Mamallapuram is known for its impressive, historic rock carvings.  The carved temples are said to date to the 7th century and feature tales included in the Mahabharata -- the epic story of India.  In all, there are 14 cave temples and nine monolithic "rathas" or shrines in the shape of chariots, three stone temples and four relief sculpted panels.  Brahma, Vishnu and Siva are all represented.

The incredible 96-foot-long main piece of the complex, titled Descent of the Ganges.  Nearby, one of several small temples hollowed out of solid rock.  Kind of puts that plot point of "Shawshank Redemption" to shame.

Sarah doing some "heavy petting."  A wonderful detail of the bas-relief work.  Who was the hopeless romantic carver that included the cute touch of the cow licking the calf?

Small temple with small girl's head.  This rock is called Krishna's Butterball.  The source for the turkey brand namesake?  And it appears one of the women in the foreground is working on her own butterball.

Sarah and James inside one of the temples.  Very hot-hot, not sexy-hot.  Things tourists aren't allowed to do back home.

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