Mahabalipuram is also known as Mallapuram. Mahabalipuram is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram is best known for its 7th and 8th century Hindu group monuments. The city is famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves. The city was once named after the famous demon king Mahabali, later renamed Mahabalipuram and Mamallapuram. Mahabalipuram was one of the two major port cities of the Pallava state. Two Pallava coins read by Srihari and Srinidhi have been found at Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram is known for boats, as at least Marco Polo’s time is the “Seven Pagodas”.Neolithic burial urn, cairn circles, and jars with burials dating to the 1st century BCE have been discovered near Mahabalipuram

Visiting place in Mahabalipuram 

Shore Temple

The Shore Temple was built during the 7th century. The work of the temple has been listed amongst the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The temple is built in the Dravidian style. It is a structural temple, made of blocks of granite. This structural temple complex was the culmination of the architectural creations. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples in South India.

Pancha Rathas

Punch Rath is also known as Panch Rathas. This is an exemplary set of rock temples. The Panch Rath was built during the reign of King Narasimhavarman I. The temple is built in Dravidian style. These temples are built in the same shape as pagodas and are found in large numbers in Buddhist temples and monasteries. The complex is under the auspices of the Archaeological Survey of India and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site inscribed by UNESCO as Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

Descent Of The Ganges

Descent Of The Ganges

Descent of the Ganges is dedicated to the earthly legend of the dynasty of Goddess Ganga. There is a huge open-air relief that is carved on two monolithic stones. The dynasty of Ganga and the penance of Arjuna are depicted in stone at the Pallava heritage site. It is a group of Mamallapuram monuments that have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

Varaha Cave Temple

Varaha Cave Temple

The Varaha Cave Temple is an excellent rock-cut Hindu temple. The Varaha Cave Temple was built during the reign of Narasimhavarman I Mahamalla.In this temple, there is an idol of Lord Vishnu in the form of a Varaha. The last famous sculpture in the cave is the Hindu god Vishnu, the incarnation of the mother earth goddess, Bhudevi, pig, or pig challenge from the sea. The lions carved on the walls inside the cave and its columns on the murals reflect the transitional style of architecture.

Tiger Caves

Tiger Caves, located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, has been a place of recreation since that time. The caves get their name from the crowns of 11 Tigresky heads that are all carved around the entrance. One of the most attractive features of the caves is a carving of Goddess Durga on top of these tigers. Tiger Cave was built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD.


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