Chariots of Stone

From Mahabalipuram, India – Dispatch 3 of 3   In the midst of sand and spume there was only the sound of silence. I was in ancient Mahabalipuram in South India on a sultry summer day in 1986. A short walk away from the Shore Temple sprawled a tribute in stone dedicated…

The Gigantic Monolith

¬†From Mahabalipuram, India, Dispatch 2 of 3 Here in the seaside town of Mahabalipuram in South India, master craftsmen of yore had chiseled splendor in stone. Each column, each image, each form came alive with rhythm of ancient architecture. Facing the turquoise sea stood a 90 foot x 45 feet colossus, one…

Sentinels in the Sands

From Mahabalipuram, India – Dispatch 1 of 3   I watched the waves lashing adamantly on the rocks, the hushing foam sweeping the sands. I stood by the Shore Temple, an ancient structure lost in time. An hour’s palm-fringed drive along the road from Chennai in South India sprawls this once-flourishing sea-port…