Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Mamallapuram 2: Five Rathas: Photo 18
Here is the description offered in 1788 by Chambers: "...there is a pagoda rising out of the ground, of one solid stone, about sixteen or eighteen feet high, which seems to have been cut upon the spot out of a detached rock, that has been found of a proper size for that purpose." A decade later, another visitor wrote that "within is the lingam." By 1808 it was gone. Ganesh arrived to take Shiva's place.
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