What do you know about Mamallapuram?

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Saddiya  Anwar asked 26-Feb-2020 in Miscellaneous by Saddiya Anwar

What do you know about Mamallapuram?

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Saddiya  Anwar answered 26-Feb-2020 by Saddiya Anwar

What do you know about Mamallapuram?

The coastal town of Mamallapuram ( aka Mahabalipuram) hosted the historic informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping betweenOctober 11 and and 13. 

The ancient Pallava town was for Modi-Xi meeting as it was once port way, which had connections with South East Asian countries like China that goes back to 7th to 9th century. The Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, group of monuments lies along the Coromandel Coast (facing the Bay of Bengal) around 60 kilometres from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. 

The monuments were declared as World Heritage Site in 1984 and are some of the finest specimens of stone architecture in South India. It is believed that the name Mamallapuram, meaning "the Land of the Great Warrior" , comes from King Narasimhavarman I of the Pallava Dynasty who was titled "Mamalla" or "great warrior", and is credited with establishing the port town. Mamallapuram came into historical prominence during the Pallava period, mostly around the seventh and eighth centuries. 
Mamallapuram is known especially for its rathas, mandapas, giant open-air bas-reliefs such as the famous "Arjuna's Penance" , and structural temples, including the Shore Temple.