The great goddess Durga slays the buffalo demon Mahishasura in a 7th century rock-cut temple in Mamallapuram, India.
A temple with three shrines, this majestic complex faces the sea and features a rich sculptural program.
This extraordinary carving is one of the largest relief sculptures in the world. Scholars still debate its meaning.
A mound of dirt or the body of the Buddha? These sacred sites give practitioners insight into the Four Noble Truths.
This legendary complex draws thousands of visitors per day. Its bewildering spaces delight—and overwhelm—the eye.
Siddhartha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Now a major pilgrimage site, it is covered in offerings.
Cut into a mountainside, this monastic complex is hard to see but offers a breathtaking glimpse of ancient India.
This huge white-marble mausoleum is recognized the world over for its splendor, symmetry, and stunning gardens.