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Uma Raghu

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Our golu is a story about a man, leader, and warrior king who belonged to the Pallava dynasty and ruled from 630 CE to 672 CE. Here we can see Kanchipuram, the capital city where he ruled from, and Mahabalipuram, which is a well-known city that he ruled and still remains one of the most popular cities in Tamil Nadu. Our golu will also talk about how the area looked in the past and the present. 1500 years ago, Mahendra Varma started the construction of Mahabalipuram, which was completed by his son, Narasimha Varma Pallavan I. Narasimha Varma Pallavan I is also known as Mamallan, which means a great wrestler, and Mahabalipuram was named in his honor as Mamallapuram. Narasimha Varma Pallavan avenged his father's defeat at the hands of the Chalukya king, Pullikeshi II, in Vatapi. His loyal army general, Paranjothi, worshipped the Ganesha idol on the walls of the Vatapi fort in the beginning of the war. On the return from the victorious battlefield, he took the Ganesha idol to Mahabalipuram and it is now currently located in Nagapattinam. Narasimha Varma Pallavan I was a great devotee of Shiva, and great Nayanmar saints lived in his reign. Thirugnana Sambanthar is also shown. The Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang visited Mahabalipuram during the reign of Narasimha Varma Pallavan I's reign, and he has translated many scriptures from Sanskrit to Chinese. Next, there is Kanchipuram. Here, the king is shown riding on an elephant as part of the royal procession and the temple in Kanchipuram is also shown. There are also silk weavers, which is what the city is famous for. Now, coming to present-day Mahabalipuram, there are only a few attractions left as many of them have been washed away into the Bay of Bengal due to natural calamities. Today, there is the road from Chennai to Puducherry. There is also the seashore temple, its parking lot, as well as the Narikuravas, who are nomadic people in Tamil Nadu. Next, Arjuna Penance is shown, which is an Indian rock cut sculpture at its best not seen anywhere else in India. This picture representing the sculpture was drawn by my son. Following this, Krishna's Butterball is shown, which is a gigantic balancing rock, granite-boulder resting on a short incline in Mahabalipuram. Additionally, the Pancharathas are shown, which are an example of monolithic Indian rock cut architecture. Lastly, there is modern-day Kanchipuram, where a silk sale is going on for the festival season. Our creative Golu is eco-friendly, made using recyclable items. Thank you!

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