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Arjuna's Penance

West Raja Street | Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
+91 81222 33700
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This bas-relief with life-size images from a mythical story adorns a huge rock.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“bas relief” (45 reviews)
“ganges river” (5 reviews)
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West Raja Street | Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
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+91 81222 33700
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"bas relief"
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"birds and animals"
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"ganges river"
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"mythological stories"
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"rock carving"
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"bass relief"
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"rock face"
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"open air"
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"wall carvings"
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"on the rocks"
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"beautiful carvings"
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"butter ball"
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"indian history"
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"must visit place"
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"single rock"
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"a unesco world heritage site"
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"early morning"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's such an interesting monument with beautiful artistry in the stone carvings. It's one of the first monuments that you see during the heritage circuit tour.

Thank RashmiGersappa
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The carvings are beautiful, but there is little or no information on the history or mythology behind them. All you can do is to walk around, see the sculptures, without knowing what it is about.

Thank NIR006
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was clean and well maintained. The only down side about this tourist spot is that unless you hire a tour guide or read before going, you wouldn't know what's the significance of the place to history and Hinduism. There is no proper signanges...More

Thank Mishall N
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This shows some fantastic carving of 2 huge boulders. There used to be water running down the cleft between the rocks but this has dried up. The carving can be seen from the roadside but is part of a large complex of rock temples covering...More

Thank 359Pat
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is definitely worth a visit. Remember when one could jump on the rocks at Stonehenge and boys played cricket in the Taj Mahal? Perhaps not. It is a matter of time before India will realise what fine works of architecture they have and...More

Thank Convalle
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visit to Arjuna's Penance was part of a South India trip arranged by Trinetra Tours. Very intricate rock carving demonstrating the skill and dexterity of the artisans of those days. Situated near Ganesha Ratha. Well worth a visit for lovers of intricate detailing.

Thank Dev Anand B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large area with many carvings and I have only seen one place that had a bigger area like this and thst was Angkor Wat. Very enjoyable. You need 15 to 20 minutes here. There are many more sites right next to this...More

Thank sigzag
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For me, this bas-relief was amazing & memorable - domething that stood out at the end of my tour. The intricate detail stands out in your mind. I wasn't really expecting anything to make an impact but so glad to have seen it.

Thank Ann M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this place is full of carvings and has good architecture.this is an ancient place.so hot at this place.for children and history lovers really enjoyed here.

Thank raja p
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arjuna’s Penance, Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), the magnificent piece of sculpture, is 29m by 13m and is carved relief on the face of a huge cliff. It features Arjuna, the heroic Pandava archer and warrior of the Mahabharata. He had gone in search of divine weapons to...More

Thank akhilchandu
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