We visited Mahabalipuram some time back but some how missed on putting the details in my blog. While returning from Andaman in 2016 we had a day halt at Chennai and this is when we made a trip to Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram is famous for its monuments which are now a world heritage site.
Built during the Pallava dynasty, the group of monuments at Mahabalipuram are a collection of 7th and 8th century CE religious buildings in the coastal town of Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu.
The site has 400 ancient monuments and Hindu temples, including one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world: The Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna’s Penance.
There are Ratha temples with monolithic processional chariots, built between 630 and 668; mandapa viharas (cave temples) with narratives from the Mahabharata and Shaivic, Shakti and Vaishna inscriptions in a number of Indian languages and scripts; rock reliefs; stone-cut temples built between 695 and 722, and archaeological excavations dated to the 6th century and earlier.
Sharing few photographs taken during the trip.
Krishna’s Butterball (above) is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. The boulder is approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide and weighs around 250 tons.
Varaha Cave Temple
Mahabalipuram lighthouse is the oldest Light House in India and was commissioned here in 1887.
A view from Mahabalipuram Light House.
Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century, of the Pallava dynasty. It is a rock-cut cave temple located on a hill, near a lighthouse, along with other caves in Mamallapuram. It is the one of the finest testimonials of ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis. [Wikipedia].
Coconut Water is something you will find at every corner here. Do buy and drink this to keep yourself hydrated as it gets very hot here.
The Shore Temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. At the time of its creation, the site was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty. ( Wikipedia).
Bhima Ratha is the most massive of the five rathas.
Nakula Sahadeva Ratha and its standing elephant
A must visit destination, give you a sense of India’s past splendor.