This boulder – which looks like it’s about to topple at any minute – has probably been here longer than the ancient civilization that resides on this coastline. This is a land of temples, the sea and sun. One of its temples, located right on the shore, was the first in the area to be built of stone, and it even could allow the sea in to become a water shrine. Now there is a breaker wall built up to help preserve the structure from erosion.
The boulder field rests at a place known for its huge 7th century granite reliefs depicting elephants, people, and rivers descending to earth. At 20 ft high and 80 ft long, one can only imagine how long this mural sized carving would have taken to complete. Other reliefs and temples in the town were left unfinished, most likely due to a quick withdrawal from the area (for reasons we do not know).
This town is also known for its man-made cave temples and its temples fashioned in the shape of wooden chariots, carved out of stone. One wonders when all the carving was done, given the extreme summer heat in this area tempered only by the sea breeze. Long ago, this was an important seaport for the area’s king.
This UNESCO heritage site is in the southern region of a highly populated country with a multitude of languages, religions, and Gods.
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