Descent of the Ganges is a monument in Mahabalipuram dedicated to the legend of Goddess Ganga? descent to Earth. There is a giant open-air rock relief carved on two monolithic rock boulders that relates the famous legend of Bhagirath doing a penance and leading the Goddess onto earth. Some historians also believe that the carving are of Arjuna's penance instead to receive Pasupatha Astra to defeat the Kauravas.
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