Q. What is there to know?




A. The Context

"Mahabalipuram, originally Mamallapuram, was the seaport of the Pallavas; it was named after King Narasimhavarman I Mamalla, 'the great wrestler'. Mamalla and his immediate successors continued the tradition of cave-temples ...

In a further stage of the development, the large narrative sculpture panels have proliferated beyond any architectural frame and occupy entire rock or cliff faces, like the poetic Krishna-Govardhana relief or the magnificent Great Penance [of Arjuna depicted here] ..."

(The Arts of India, ed. Basil Gray, Phaidon, 1981)