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By Gabriel Jouveau Dubreuil
Translated from the French by V.S.Swaminadha Dikshitar
Published by The Author, Pondicherry - 1917
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Photograph of Puliyar Rath, Mahabalipuram Cave Temples, Madras, India, about 1850.
Albumen print. This image represents Puliyar Rath, one of the free standing cave sancturies at the southern end of the site of Mahabalipuram, founded by the ruling Pallava Kings between the 7th-8th century. The caves are well known for their variety of 'rathas': temples in the form of chariots, large open air sculptures and in particular the Shore temple, built to honour Lord Shiva. Overall the site is recognised as one of the greatest sculptural achievements in India.
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