Mahabalipuram (Chennai)

Mamallapuram, or Mahabalipuram, is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It's known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises 3 ornate granite shrines. Krishna's Butter Ball is a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple.

1. Thirukadalmallai or Sthalasayana Perumal Temple

It is a beautiful and a historic temple. The temple is believed to be the birthplace of the Vaishnava Azhwar saint Bhoothathalvar. Sthalasayana Perumal is believed to have appeared to sage Pundarika. The temple is open from 6 am to 12 pm and 3pm to 8:30 pm. Six daily rituals and a dozen yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Bhoothatazhwar Avata festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Aipasi (October-November) being the most prominent.

The temple is one of the 32 Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram that are declared as UN world heritage sites, but unlike others that are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

  
  

2. Shore Temple

The Shore Temple (built in 700-728 AD) is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. At the time of its creation, the site was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty As one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. It is one of the oldest structural (versus rock-cut) stone temples of South India.

  
  

3.Krishna's Butterball

Krishna's Butterball (also known as Vaan Irai Kal and Krishna's Gigantic Butterball) is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical coastal resort town of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state of India.

  
  

4. Mahabalipuram's Lighthouse

The lighthouse of Mahabalipuram is a normal light house but you can have the view of whole site from the top of it as it is allowed to climb the light house. The tickets are very cheap and also there is no restriction on phone or camera so you can have the pictures with the perfect view of whole Mahabalipuram.

Along with these places you can visit other amazing places in Mahabalipuram too like the beach where you can enjoy with your friends and family at night you can do Horse Riding , shooting balloons, eat your favourite snacks.

Then comes the Crocodile Farm, Dance Festivalin which you can have the experience to see the amazing regional dance and other types of dances too. Also you can visit The Indian Sea Shell Museum where you can have a look on amazing Sea Shells and many more beautiful things.

Visiting Mahabalipuram was one of my sweetest and a memorable experience as it is a place about history and cultures with beautiful sites on the side. I would suggest everyone to visit Mahabalipuram once.

  
  

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