Pancha Ratha, also known as Pandava Rathas, is a prominent monument in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. Constructed during the reign of the Pallava dynasty in the 7th century, Pancha Ratha monument is a fabulous example of the Indian rock-cut architecture. Each monolithic structure is carved in the shape of a chariot and is named after the Pandavas and Draupadi. In the year 1984, this monument was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mahabalipuram and is visited by the tourists on a large scale.
It Is Known For:-
1) Each chariot in the complex of Pancha Ratha is carved entirely out of a single rock
2) Every chariot is built in the Dravidian style of architecture and have domes with single or triple towers
3) The interior walls of Pancha Rathas carry the carvings of the Hindu religious figurines, demigods, aquatic animals
4) Among all chariots, only Nakula-Sahadeva chariot has no special carvings. It is a plain chariot
Best Time To Visit:-
Pancha Ratha Monument never fails to attract visitors on a large scale. Not only the Indian visitors but the foreigners also arrive at this stunning site in Mahabalipuram. It can be visited throughout the year and no entry fee is charged.
Due to a vast network of the roadways and railways, Pancha Ratha Monument is well-connected with the rest of the city. Moreover, the local taxis and buses ply in plenty on its route that makes it easier for visitors to reach this surprising tourist site.
Nearest Railway Station- Chengalpattu Railway Station
Nearest Airport- Chennai International Airport
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