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Address: Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram, India

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Carvings !!

One of the few places you will visit in mahaps. The carvings are beautiful and must see. The place is not very clean and require attention

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Abhinav K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the few places you will visit in mahaps. The carvings are beautiful and must see. The place is not very clean and require attention

Thank Abhinav K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This sanctuary belongs to UNESCO World Heritage site named "Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram". The temple is one of the finest depictions related to the ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis, of rock-cur cave architecture in the area and should definitely be seen.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the many monolithic cave temples on this site. The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the form of a Varaha or boar lifting Bhudevi, the mother earth goddess from the sea.

Thank Biddy50
Pune, India
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Varaha Cave Temple forms part of the hill monuments of Mahabalipuram and is a short walk from Arjuna's Penance, Ganesh Ratha and Krishna's Butterball. A small cave, containing rich carvings depicting the story of Lord Vishnu's Varaha (boar) incarnation, which rescued Earth from the demon Hiranyaksha. A good place to spend some time admiring the excellence of the Pallava... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the many temples that is curved into rock - in the lighthouse compound. The statues are partly eroded and with visitors touching without respect, the demand is continuous. Unique column with a sitting lion at the bottom - partly hollow.

1 Thank ngung chia s
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

We kind of trekked from the entrance which is at 500-800m from Five rathas to arrive at Krishna's butter ball. This is one place on the way. The temple is not exactly a cave so deep. Its just in the interior part of the monument supported by well built 4 pillars. Its very cool inside. Usually there is less crowd... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed February 22, 2017

This is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century. The structure is part of the UNESCO Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the incarnated form of Varaha lifting the mother earth goddess from the sea. Also carved are many mythical figures. This is... More 

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Vadodara, India
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Reviewed February 17, 2017

South west of the Ganesha Ratha and behind Arjun’s penance was a cave known as Varah mandap . the hall at the front had two lion pillars and two pilasters . Two dwarpals were guarding the cell beyond these pillars and pilasters . There were four beautiful panels depictingVarah lifting the earth from the ocean . The snout of the... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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Reviewed December 31, 2016

The Varaha Cave Temple is on the other side of the Descent of the Ganges and Arjuna's Penance open-air reliefs and is carved from the granite. As you are already nearby after visiting the other close sites this is definitely worth a look! It was very hot and humid but there were lots of people checking it out. We benefited... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed December 13, 2016

It requires calm observation, what made them to carve like this and how they did it, animals they have carved. It unfolds many interesting things.

Thank vignesh d

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