Panch Pandav Rath, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Pancha Pandav Raths are ancient monolithic raths (chariot) located at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu, India.
Hewn out of large rocks these raths were sculpted and carved during King Mahendravarman I and his son Narasimhavarman I's rule (630–668 AD Pallava dynasty) and named after the Pandavas - as Dharmaraj Rath, Bhim Rath, Arjun Rath, Nakul-Sahadev Rath, and Draupadi Rath. Scholars believe the name may be a misrepresentation as there is no artistic or religious significance since they were unfinished and unconsecrated due to the death Narasimhavarman I.
Panch Pandav Rath - along with other monuments at Mahabalipuram - is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. How to reach Mahabalipuram or Mammallapuram?