Dharmaraj’s Rath, Panch Pandav Rath, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Dharmaraj's Rath is an elegant pyramidal structure built with a square layout and that rises in three levels- and the tallest of all the Pandava raths. You will find images of Ardhanarishvara, Harihara, Skanda, Indra on Airavat, King Narasimhavarman I in its many niches.
These raths were believed to have been inspired by the Buddhist Chaityas or prayer halls and Viharas. Their design may trace back to wooden temple chariots and these may have been built as an experimental-architectural models for larger such temples.
Dharmaraj’s Rath, Panch Pandav Rath - along with other monuments at Mahabalipuram - is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. How to reach Mahabalipuram or Mammallapuram?