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Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • Just walk across and appreciate the carvings of that era on stones. The town is very small and all the areas of interest are withing walking distance  more »
  • It's one of the main Mahabalipuram sight seeing places and close to bus stand.it is next to butter ball and light house.Has parking area close by and can get quite crowded.You can take pictures here a...  more »
  • This is one of the free things to see in Mahab & is very impressive, a shop keeper told us the history on the hope we would go & but something but even when we didn't he wasn't pushy. The free temples...  more »
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  • A must visit place. But not maintained well. parking is available near the area. There are hotels and a temple opposite to this attraction.
  • splendid architecture everything is carved out of single big rock and you can see temples a lot in Tamilnadu.
  • Exquisite historic monument with intricate carvings. The details in this carvings are simply fabulous
  • This is one one the top notch in Mahabalipuram. The is an architectural marvel of Pallava regim. This reflects the story of great epic Mahabaratha.
  • This is a marvelous ancient rock sculpture. Totaly amazed by it. Thanks to google map, I was able to locate its position and was mesmerized by its beauty.