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Exquisite Carvings, spectacular view

This monoith is carved with a fascinating array of figures. The huge bas relief of Durga fighting the asuras shows the forward movement of the Goddess and her aides- ganas and... read more

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Bengaluru, India
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This monoith is carved with a fascinating array of figures. The huge bas relief of Durga fighting the asuras shows the forward movement of the Goddess and her aides- ganas and yoginis pass her various weapons and the defeatist stance of the asuras, as they reel from her ferocious assault is beautifully shown. The reclining Vishnu is all peace and... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Yet another example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century. This is one of the most important caves in Mahabalipuram. It is dedicated to the goddess Mahishasuramardini, who is considered an incarnation of the goddess Durga Located on hill top, you can have plenty of views around. On one side you can enjoy the beauty of bay... More 

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Kolding, Denmark
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Relief with goddess fighting with bull head demon is not easy to forget. I realized in the very first moment she is shooting from bow. Later I realized she has many hands, armed hands. Excellent idea and perfect workmanship

Thank IdaandKristof
Vadodara, India
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Four polygonal with bulbous cushion capital and square abacus pillars supported by squatting lions and two pilasters constitute the façade of this monument . The cornice of the mandap and of the entrance was decorated with friezes of geese . One large panel representing Sheshashayi Vishnu adorned one end of the large hall whereas the other end boasted another large... More 

Thank Dilip S
Pune, India
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

The Mahishasuramardini cave is a must-visit site in Mahabalipuram. Consisting of two caves, one below and the other on top of a rock, this offers a great vantage point, providing you a view of the town and sea rivaling that of the nearby Mahabalipuram Lighthouse (including the lighthouse itself) and that too for free! Located at the opposite end of... More 

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New Lambton
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

This mandapam, one of many in the area, features beautiful bas-reliefs of Durga fighting demons on one wall, and Vishnu's cosmic sleep on the other. Very impressive and worth time to appreciate, if the crowds aren't too hectic(,we were there during Pongal)

Thank Gregory D
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Watch the stark difference in sculptor between the Dravidians and the Aryan gods. Vishnu carving and the gods pleading him so they could go to war with the Rakshasas is amazing.

Thank Deep C
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

A beautiful set of historic art pieces. Well worth seeing. In my opinion they need better protection - people clim and touch the carvings which is a shame

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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

I like this old structure.. was on a business trip just stopped by and local told me that its a tourist attraction ..

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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We had visited this rock cut cave temple located in the complex(UNESCO World Heritage site) maintained by Archeological department during our sightseeing in Mahabalipuram. This cave temple is located on a hillock and we had to climb steep path and then stairs to reach the top. The temple derives its name from the detailed rock cut sculpture of goddess Durga... More 

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