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Weird But True: The mystery of the balancing rock of Mahabalipuram

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This is one of those unexplained mysteries in science. At Mahabalipuram the 20 feet high and 5 meter wide rock estimated to weigh over 250 tons seems to pull off a balancing act like no other. Known locally as Krishna’s Butter Ball is not a rock that stands on an extremely small and slipper... read more

Significance of Arjuna’s Penance in Mahabalipuram

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Descent of the Ganges/ Arjuna’s Penance, is a popular monument from the Pallava age in Mahabalipuram. Measuring approximately 30m (100ft) long and 15m (45ft) high, it’s an open air rock carving which depicts the story of how the holy river Ganges came into earth from the heavens led by Arjuna. I... read more

A visitor’s guide to The Monolithic temples of Mahabalipuram

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Tourists and visitors come to Mahabalipuram to have a good time and admire the ancient architectural achievements that are a testament to the art and culture of the Pallava era. (Note: A ‘monolith’ is a geological feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains, o... read more

Mahabalipuram: A perfect place for a retreat

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Located about 60 km from Chennai, Mahabalipuram home to ancient sculptures, rock carvings was classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. The name Mahabalipuram, city of Mamalla is subsequently after the title of the Pallava ruler Narasimhavarman-I. Mamalla was a port during the 1st century AD a... read more