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Beaches

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7DX Theatre

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VGP Snow Kingdom

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Rock-cut temple

Arjuna’s Penance: It is a 27m x 9m World largest bas-relief. It has over 100 sculptures of Gods, Birds and Beasts and Saints. It is Popularly called as Arjunan Penance [Tapas]. It is believed to illustrate an instance from Mahabharata when Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, performed rigorous penance with a prayer to Lord Shiva's to obtain the Powerful and Divine Bow to destroy the Gauravas. The other name is the “Descent of the Ganges” It is also said in legends that King “Bhagiratha” standing on one leg posture Praying to the Lord to bring the River Ganges Down to earth to please the souls of his ancestors.

Shore Temple : It was built between 700–728 AD with granite Blocks. As it is on the shore overlooking Bay of Bengal it is called as the Shore Temples. It was built in Dravidian Style of Architecture. This was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II. This Shore Temple Complex has One Large and Two Small temples. It is one of the oldest structural excellence of the South India and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Varaha Cave : It is also called as Adhivaraha Cava Temple. It is a rock-cut cave temple of the late 7th Century, which forms a part of the Village on Hilltop 2 kms from the Main Town. It is the finest testimony of the Viswakarma Sthapathis. The prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the incarnated form of a Varaha Swamy [Boar] rescuing Bhudevi [Mother Earth] from Seas. Many mythical charecters have been sculptured on the temple walls and pillars.

Butter Ball : A Huge Boulder called as the Butter Ball of Sri Krishna located near the Ganesha Ratha resting on a very narrow rock base. It is believed, as said by the legends that Neither the Kings nor the Elephants who tried to move this Boulder could move it even an inch from there.

Open Air Museum : This is a new and modern addition to the town of Mahabalipuram. But it reflects the heritage of the Sangam Era too. Exciting Stone Exhibits made like Stone Chain, Ornamental Wheels, shaped by over 200 sculptors are found here.

Tigers CaveTiger Cave : It is 4 Kms from the main monument complex. It was built as an open-air theatre, where cultural programs believed to have been held during the Pallva Period. It has a serene and Calm atmosphere in spite of its nearness to the Sea.

Other Interesting Monuments

Ganesha Ratha, The Old Light House, Gopi’s – Churn, Valyankuttai Ratham, Kodikal Mandapam are some of the other monuments that attracts the tourists.

Government College of Architecture and Sculpture : This college near Mamallapuram was established in the year 1957. Degree Courses were introduced in Traditional Architecture, Sculpture and Traditional Drawing. It also serves as a museum for showcasing Indian rock architecture. A Separate building for the Library and a huge Sculptural Studio for sculptors are attractive features of this College.

 


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