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Mamallapuram, India - November 23, 2011: a highly skilled stone artisan combines using ancient skills, handed down from generation to generation, with hand and modern power tools to create a giant elaborate sculptures. The granite stone is mined locally. This shot was taken near the town of Mamallapuram, in Tamil Nadu, south India.
Mamallapuram, previously Mahabalipuram, was a sleepy little village until early in the 20th Century megalithic stone structures dating back to the 7th Century AD were discovered buried in the sand near to the beach. These structures are now a World Heritage Site. The traditions which local stone artisans have inherited thus date back many centuries and their works predominantly depict Gods from the Hindu epics. Elephants are revered animals in India.