One of our two house blends is named after the mighty royal dynasty that ruled southern India for almost 500 years, from early 4th-century to late 9th-century CE - PALLAVA.
The Pallavas were not just great soldiers, they also supported many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and were patrons of music, painting and literature.
Their greatest contribution however is architectural, in particular the rock-cut carvings at Mamallapuram (or Mahabalipuram), a once flourishing port on the Coromandel Coast. The Shore Temple (pictured), the various other rathas and mandapas carved from granite monoliths, and the Varaha cave were collectively designated a @UNESCO
World Heritage site in 1984.
The next time you visit India, do make a stop at this charming coastal town and marvel at the intricate rock carvings and striking sculptures. And don't miss the finely carved stone columns mounted on seated lions, a distinctive feature of the Pallava style.
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