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Water and The Sacred
a photographic exhibition by Claude Renault
Mamallapuram: Pilgrims On The Beach
23 Mamallapuram: Pilgrims On The Beach

A family of pilgrims from the state of Andhra Pradesh, visiting Mamallapuram, 60 kms, South of Chennai. Nestling on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, the town was once a port of the Pallava Dynasty. The Pallavas created many marvellous monuments with Sculptural Panels, Caves, Monolithic Rathas (stone chariots) and Temples.

Once a thriving port trading with many distant nations, nowadays Mamallapuram is still a big sculpture centre. You can wake up in the morning to the unceasing sound of the chisels gently carving the stone. Apparently, the tradition of Pallava sculpture has never abandoned the place.

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