Mahabalipuram – Planning to visit Mahabalipuram – then you should know the best places to visit and worth looking.
Mahabalipuram Shore Temple
This is the probably the top reason to visit – The world UNESCO heritage site of the shore temple. Situated just at a distance of 2 Kms from the local bus station the temple looks over the Bay of Bengal. Representing a beautiful architectural structure the Mahabalipuram shore temple is a beauty in its own. Built during the 8th century AD the whole complex is of rock cut caves of fine granite.
It is said that during the Mahabharata war, Arjuna performed austerities in order to receive boons from Lord Shiva. The same can be seen here as an open air monolith which dates back to 7th century. Figures within the cleft are said to represent the holy river Ganga and Lord Shiva there by some suggesting that it is not Arjuna but rather Bhagiratha who is performing the penance. Nevertheless it is a beautiful sight to look at and is situated just about 500 meters from the Mahabalipuram Bus station.
Another pleasant sight is the Mandapams or halls which are in essence caves that depict mythological scenes. Situated very close to the Mahabalipuram bus station – these caves have also been classified as UNESCO World Heritage site. The most important Mandapams are:
- Krishna Mandapam
- Mahishasuramardhini Mandapam
- Varaha Mandapam
Pancha Rathas – or the five chariots which are named after the Pandavas – Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva are one important place to visit whilst in Mahabalipuram. These structures are carved entirely in pink granite. The Pancha Rathas shrines were carved during the reign of King Mahendravarman I and his son Narasimhavarman.
Krishna’s Butter Ball – This is something that is definitely worth a look. Krishna’s Butter Ball is a huge boulder near the Ganesha Ratha. It rests on a narrow rock base. It is said that several Kings attempted to move it, but all the kings and their elephants could not shift the boulder even by an inch
Krishna’s butter ball
To enjoy all of this and much more – do join us in our Group tour which is in October 2018. For more details – do visit our website here: http://www.eziitours.in/pondicherry-with-mahabalipuram