About Pancha Rathas

It is not known what was the true purpose for the building of Pancha Rathas. But as the inscription in one of these amazing structures tells, this happened during the times of the great Tamil king Mamalla (Narasimhavarman I, ruled sometimes around 630 – 670 AD). Rock-cut architecture is not that common in the world and most of it represents caves and passages cut in rock. Pancha Rathas though belong to the very rare examples where whole buildings with ornate exterior and interior are cut from live cliff.

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Timings 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Visit Duration: 45 Minutes

Address: Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India


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