Five Rathas is another beautiful example of Pallava architecture. The Five Rathas require a ticket entry that comes with the Shore Temple visit. There are rock cut temples which resemble chariots in the complex. They were hidden under the sand for all these years and were only discovered by the British around 200 years ago. The Five Rathas derive their names from five Pandavas from Mahabharata and their collective wife – Draupadi.
The first ratha which is called as Draupadi Ratha is towards the left once you enter the main gate and is dedicated to goddess Durga. There is a beautiful statue of the goddess, where she is standing on lotus, and her devotees who are surrounding her are on their knees. If you go outside you will see a huge sculpted lion standing in front of the temple. There is Arjuna Ratha next which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will find a number of deities being carved on the outer walls including Indra, the rain god. The next is the Bhima Ratha which is in the honor of Vishnu.
On the walls of this Ratha, you will find Vishnu lying in repose. There is also Dharamraja Ratha which is the tallest among all, whose walls portray a number of deities. The final ratha is Nakul Sahadeva ratha which is dedicated to Indra, the rain god. There is a nice sculptured elephant standing next to the temple. There is a huge image of the elephant in sculptured form which is supposedly the most amazing sculptured art work in India. The elephant can be seen from behind as you enter the gate from north and is called as Gajaprishthakara. Five Rathas remains open on all days during the day time 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM and the entry charges are fro Indian Rs. 10/- and for Foreigner 250/- .
|Entry Fee||Rs 5/-|
|Timings||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM|