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Mahabalipuram's Animal Walls

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Mahabalipuram's Animal Walls
Mahabalipuram's Animal Walls are located in the ancient and historic town of Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram), in the North East of India. These walls are near the Bay of Bengal and Indian temples.

In Hindu myths, elephants bring rain and good luck, and Indian tales tell of how witty monkeys outsmart the cunning crocodiles.

We personally think that the Mahabalipuram's Animal Walls is one of India's most interesting landmarks and one of the most beautifully detailed walls on this planet! It was very interesting that the Mahabalipuram's Animal Walls contained more than just one wall. And it was not just walls, there were structures of temples and rathas. We thought that was very creative. Plus, considering its age and it was build by one specific type of stone, its is very valuable. If we have a chance, we would definitely go and visit it. We hope you do too! Thank you for listening for our presentation.
Sculpted into the rock cliffs of Mahabalipuram are some of India's most majestic animals; such as:
Cats
Bulls
Elephants
Monkeys,
and more
These walls were carved by artists almost 2,000 years ago, and display approximately 150 figures, many of which are almost life-sized.
Well known for its spices, India is situated in Southern Asia, with now a population of over 1 billion people.
Today, those who visit are mostly tourists and children who play near the carved animals.
The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic. They are constituted by cave temples, sculpted reliefs and structural temples.
It is believed by some that this area served as a school for young sculptors. The different sculptures, some half finished, may have been examples of different styles of architecture.
As you can see in these two pictures, the walls are pretty big. There is not an exact measure of the walls but we know it is very long and tall too.
Mahabalipuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in state of Tamil Nadu and about 60 km south from the city of Chennai.
Alex Evans, a stonemason and sculptor, recreated a stone sculpture made out of sandstone, which is softer than granite, under 4 feet (120 cm) that took about 60 days to carve. The carving at Mahabalipuram must have required hundreds of highly skilled sculptors.
Popular places in the Mahabalipuram's Animals Wall
Although there are not measurements on the walls, the Arjuana's Penace has measurements. it is 29m by 13m, carved in relief on the face of a huge cliff.
-Arjuna’s Penace
-The Shore Temple
The temple has stood the vagaries of nature for many centuries, was built in the 7th century during the rule of the Pallava king Narasimhavarman II Rajasimha and now is a World Heritage. A structural temple, it is crafted from stone and put together by master masons who assembled it block by block.
The land
Where the walls locate, the land is similar to Canada's land in the spring or summer. Not too dry, due to the shore near by, and not too wet. It even includes a forest!
And it is the oldest structure!
-Five Rathas
This site contains five rathas, dating from the 7th century. The sculptures with enormous stone animals, including large elephant.
Ratha: a four-wheeled carriage drawn by horses or bullocks
What can you do in the Mahabalipuram's Animal Walls?
Of course, the purpose of Mahabalipuram's Animal Walls is to recognize the animals that were important to the Indians back then. But time changes. Here are some activities you can do inside:
-Bike around the whole area
-Relax on the sandy beach
-experience the food from "Surf" (a restaurant)
-Boat rides in the Bay of Bengal
-Fishing trips to the sea
-Trekking to a near by hill
*These are just some, there are more activities!*
Own Opinion
A Poem That We Created
Crafty cats, proud bulls,
Curious monkeys
Fortune-bringing elephants,
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