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Arjuna's-Penance-Mahabalipuram

La Penitenza di Arjuna o Discesa del Gange è un bassorilievo scolpito in un unico blocco di granito di 29 metri di lunghezza per 9 di altezza situato a Mahabalipuram, nello stato federato del Tamil Nadu, in India. Fa parte di un gruppo di monumenti patrimonio dell’UNESCO dal 1984. È opera della dinastia Pallava e risale al VII – VIII secolo. La scena rappresentata è oggetto di due diverse interpretazioni, ovvero la penitenza dell’eroe epico Arjuna e la discesa della acque sacre del Gange sulla terra.

Descent of the Ganges is a monument at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Measuring 96 by 43 feet (29 m × 13 m), it is a giant open-air rock relief carved on two monolithic rock boulders. The legend depicted in the bas-relief is the story of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth from the heavens led by Bhagiratha. The waters of the Ganges are believed to possess supernatural powers. The descent of the Ganges and Arjuna’s Penance are portrayed in stone at the Pallava heritage site.[ The relief is more of a canvas of Indian rock cut sculpture at its best not seen anywhere in India. It is one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram that were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984

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