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Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram
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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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  • Must see sight. take a guide with you to get the most out of your visit. The figures look very imposing and powerful 
  • Like many monuments around the world there is a fine balance to be drawn between natural state and easy access and protection and security. Arjuna's penance is an extraordinary bas-relief containing w...  more »
  • Arjuna's penance is one of the popular rock carvings at Mahabalipuram. A must visit during anyone's visit at Mahabalipuram. 
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  • You cannot afford to miss this place. A sheer sculptural treat is awaiting you there. Also, don't miss the wonder "Krishna's Butter Ball" a rock which doesn't roll down, defying the gravitational theories.
  • Masterpiece. The details are unreal. As a kid I read about Bakeetathan Thavam in my books, to see it in real was amazing. There is this two moneys sculpture next to it. Its really funny.
  • Great sculptures finest curvings on rock but not maintained properly left open to weather which is causing wear and tear...
  • Simply comparable to Ajanta & Ellore. A must visit place who throw a visit to Mahabalipuram
  • Another great piece of architecture. If you are in the vicinity take five mins out and visit it as these places are located next to each other and offers a great insight into India's earlier architectural marvel era.