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What is/are common to the two historical places known as Ajanta and Mahabalipuram?

What is/are common to the two historical places known as Ajanta and Mahabalipuram?

  1. Both were built in the same period.
  2. Both belong to the same religious denomination.
  3. Both have rock-cut monuments.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.(2016)

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1 and 3

d) None of the statements given above is correct

Answer: B

While there is some evidence of architectural activity going back to the period of Mahendravarman-I (AD 600-30), the father of Mamalla, most of the monuments are attributed to the period of Narasimhavarman-I Mamalla (AD 630-68) – the Pallava ruler.

On the other hand Ajanta caves were excavated in different periods (circa. 2nd century B.C. to 6th century A.D.) according to the necessity.

While Ajanta caves are more associated with Buddhism, Mahabalipuram was linked Vaishnavites. 

Varaha Cave at Mahabalipuram 


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