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Address: West Raja Street | Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
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This bas-relief with life-size images from a mythical story adorns a huge...

This bas-relief with life-size images from a mythical story adorns a huge rock.

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Loved Arjuna's penance. It is not only beautiful and interesting carving, but also has a little joke. Look for the carving of the cat mimicking Arjuna's penance to a crowd of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not a must visit place. But good to visit if you are on the way. Very crowded and you can finish many sculptures at once.

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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved Arjuna's penance. It is not only beautiful and interesting carving, but also has a little joke. Look for the carving of the cat mimicking Arjuna's penance to a crowd of mice!

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Thank PoisonPrincess
Bangalore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One has to be pretty clear about few things in Mahabalipuram. First of all, go only if you have a genuine interest in ancient ruins. Do NOT expect lush meadows with wide roads and natural beauty. Secondly, parking is a problem, so park a liitle away and then walk around. Coming to the bas relief- It emerges suddenly at the... More 

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Vadodara, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arjuna's Penance is a massive open-air bas-relief monolith , carved on the face of two huge adjoining boulders with a narrow fissure in between , which dates back to the 7th century. This magnificent relief, carved in the mid-seventh century, measures approximately 30m long by 15m high. The rock featuring Arjuna’s Penance has skilfully carved sculptured figures . There are... More 

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New Lambton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This bas relief, carved out of massive boulders and measuring 30m by 12m is spectacular. Featuring animals, spirits and deities and huge, almost life size elephants is an awe inspiring sight. Various interpretations, including the creation story, even if you don't know the exact meaning, it is still so impressive that it needs lots of examination to really appreciate the... More 

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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is a treat to see the wonderful carvings and the sheer size of the monuments. Just awesome and not to be missed

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The stone formation and carving done. Truly AMAZING. A must visit destination. with OMG butter rock holding itself on the edge.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

through his penance arjun is said to have attained spiritual powers. besides this monument all other building are worth watching. serene atmosphere if you have a guide to relate the details of the myths to you

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Thank rahulgautam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The sheer scale of this rock carving monument is quite amazing. You need to give yourself time to look at each character or revisit if possible.

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

make sure you visit this while at Mahabalipuram. All the monuments are within walking distance of each other. Park in one parking lot and walk around.

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