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Mahishasuramardini Cave

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Great aerial view..

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Chennai (Madras), India
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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

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Vadodara, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles 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)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

When you are hopping from one stone marvel to another, it is quite easy to get bored by the monotony. But trust me, each monument at Mahabalipuram has its own unique charm and character. The Mahashasurmardini cave is distinguished by its location itself, which in on a substantial height and next to the light house. The carvings inside the cave... More 

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