Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, Kanchipuram

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Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa (Cave Temple; also known as Yampuri) is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century, of the Pallava dynasty. It is a rock-cut cave temple located on a hill, near a lighthouse, along with other caves in Mamallapuram. Mamallapuram, also popularly known as Mahabalipuram, is a small village to the south of Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 1984. This Cave Temple has many interesting architectural features of which three exquisitely carved reliefs on the cave walls of three sanctums are prominent. One is of Vishnu reclining on the seven hooded serpent, Adisesha, another of Durga, the main deity of the cave temple Durga slaying the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura, and the third sanctum also has a sculpture of Shiva.
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  • This temple is built on a hilly rock and the architecture is awesome. Very interesting to watch each and every part of this temple.  more »
  • You can find a very beautiful scenery,and best sky line view.This Cave Temple has many interesting architectural features of which three best carved reliefs on the cave walls of three sanctums are...  more »
  • The mandapa has three shrine cells connected to a central, trapezoidal hall. The floor level of the side shrines are about a foot higher than the central shrine. In the central shrine is a large rock relief of Somaskanda, with Shiva seated in a Sukhasana (cross-legged) yoga posture and Parvati next to him with the infant Skanda. Little bit of climibing is their to get to the temple on top of a hillock, but worth the exercise. • This mandapa is stylistically dated to the period of Pallava King Narasimhavarman - I (630-668 Century), and dedicated to three forms of Siva. • The temple structure is locked but there are carvings on the outer wall that are exquisite. • For the Arts peoples, this a Good place to Sketch your paper. • Parking area is lot and Free. • Good time to visit is 9am to 5pm, try to avoid travelling after 5pm. • Crowd will be more in weekends. • Friendly Area for couples and Lovers. • Overall experience is awesome for us. Selection of Place and where to travel is our Personal, but you can take a Look here.
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