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Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
Named after one of the Pandava brothers, Arjuna's Penance is an enormous ancient relief carving etched on two huge boulders that dates back to the 7th century. The inscription describes scenes from Hindu mythology and daily happenings from South Indian life at the time, with an artificial waterfall pouring from the carved hands of male and female "nagas." In addition to numerous other carved animals, you can't miss the life-sized carvings of elephants, shown protecting their young. The longer you look at this impressive sight, the more new details you will notice, right down to the small mice around the elephants' feet. For Arjuna's Penance and beyond, use our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Mahabalipuram vacation.
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  • It is a world heritage site and a work of art that you can't miss. They are 26 m long and 8 m high stone wall that was sculpted in the 7th century. It is a forced stop.
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  • Beautiful monolith carved exquisitely. Impress its dimensions, together with the ascent to the lighthouse enclosure. Highly recommended.
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  • There is a debate about whether this piece of stone carving depicts Arjuna's penance or the descent of the Ganga to the earth by Bhagirath. However, no matter what it depicts, it is certainly the most...  read more »
  • A great cultural place to know about ancient pallavas and their architectural heritage...Its really a golden age for the people who witnessed such an astronomical development in architecture during those olden days...Anybody who have read kalki's novel "Sivagamiyin sabadam "would really love this place..
  • These are beautiful sculptures and are very similar to ajanta/ellora style. But are carved on sand stone. The two giant elephants, meditating men, dogs and lions (Symbol of Pallava Kingdom) are some of the highlights
  • The place is very close to other landmarks like Shore temple and Five rathas. So do cover them when you are visiting Mahabalipuram. The stone carvings are simply beautiful. It is amazing to see the craftsmanship over 1000 years old and still standing strong.
  • Just next to Krishna's butter ball, this carving on a huge rock is quite beautiful, again it displays the architecture of 6-7th century. Definitely worth visiting.
  • The sculptures are nice.. Chose a wrong weekend to visit this place. It was over crowded. Do not go during national holidays
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