Posted by: Gomzy | March 11, 2007

After hours at Mahabalipuram

After the movie (we went to Ghost Rider *ing Nicholas Cage) was over we decided to go to Mahabalipuram. We began at PM and 3.30 reached the place at 5 pm – on time for most people to return home. On the way we found out that we do not have any cash with both of us and it was a bit embarrassing at a couple of tollgates to tell accept that.

To begin with Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district. It is a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from Chennai. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla (Narasimhavarman I). It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century.

From the top of Varaha Cave Temple. Seen here are the Light House and the Bay of Bengal in the backdrop.

Another view from the top of the hill.

The temple on the top of the hill.

Naughty Naughty… … … …

Can you spot the goats…

A lot of monkeys all around…

More of them, enjoying the tidying up.

Light house, it is a bit into the land, because it is built on the hillock.

The Varaha Avtar of Lord Vishnu…

And the Lord Vishnu, resting on the snake bed…

A sculpture of Hippo. Carving sculptures out of rocks is main occupation here.

Lord Ganesha…

These are the Five Rathas of Pandavas.

We were not allowed to enter the place as we were late to reach there.

Taking a snap of the Sun.

The Shore Temple it is a temple for Lord Vishnu.

At the shore, on the rocks…

Shore Temple in the background…

On the Shore…


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