Varaha Cave Temple, Mahabalipuram

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Varaha Cave Temple is a rock-cut cave temple located at Mamallapuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal in Kancheepuram District in Tamil Nadu, India. It is part of the hill top village, which is to the north of the main Mahabalipurm sites of rathas and the Shore Temple. It is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century. The temple is one of the finest testimonial to the ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis, of rock-cur cave architecture, out of many such caves also called mandapas. Part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, the temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as inscribed in 1984 under criteria i, ii, iii and iv. The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the incarnated form of a Varaha or boar lifting Bhudevi, the mother earth goddess from the sea. Also carved are many mythical figures.GeographyVaraha Cave Temple is located on the hills of Mahabalipuram town, to the north of the main Mahabalipurm sites of rathas and Shore Temple, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal of the Indian Ocean. Now in the Kanchipuram district, it is approximately from Chennai city (previously Madras) and about from Chingelpet.
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  • Visited as part of a tour group. You don't need to spend ages here but they are worth seeing. Lots of craftsmanship.  more »
  • just a walk thru as part of the whole mahabalipuram monuments complex.a temple to the Varaha avatar with frescoes which can be seen in under 5 minutes.  more »
  • Temple chopped out of the rock and by the magnificent sculptures inside. It is located in hst archaeological Rock Park and is easily accessible.
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  • After referring many documents, as a Traveller – Photographer – Reviewer, concluded to the following details: {Pl refer our photos} NOTE: For more details on Mahabalipuram (The BRIEF HISTORY & Reasons for 3 Names) kindly refer to our review under : Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram • Very High grade Carvings (Sculpting at site) – Varaha Temple Stands the FIRST! • VARAHA CAVE TEMPLE (also Adivaraha Cave Temple) is a rock-cut Cave Temple located at Mamallapuram, near the Light House, Ganesha Ratha etc. (Approximately 4 KMs from Seashore Temple & 58 KMs from Chennai). • This Cave Temple is one of the VERY BEST & FINEST testimonials of the ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis - of rock-cut architecture at site with “Life-Like” Sculptures, with high accuracy and details. These caves are also called Mandapas. Although this is the EARLIEST known MONUMENTS in Mahabalipuram, but unfortunately ‘NOT the MOST VISITED’ one due its hidden location! Really WORTH SEEING & taking explanations from a Local Guide! • The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Varaha Murthy (Boar - another incarnation of Lord Vishnu) lifting Bhudevi (the mother Earth Goddess) from the sea (Ref Wiki). Also carved are many Hindu mythical figures. • Pallava kings Mahendra Varman I and Rajasimha or Narasimhavarman I (also known as Mamallan) brought in “Sculpt at Site” which was continued by Mamalla's son Parameshvaravarman I. The distinctive feature of the Pallava style is that the frontage of the cave will have, without exception, finely carved columns mounted on “lions in a sitting posture”. • Being under the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, this temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. . Wonderful creation! . Proper details are not available even with some Guides (pathetic) . Hours cannot satisfy you..
  • The Varaha Cave is a beautiful rock-cut temple structure located behind the Arjuna Penance site. It is not visible from the road, hence usually missed by tourists. The cave has a unique sculpture of standing lord Varaha holding goddess on his lap. Great work of art
  • Varaha cave is a beautiful rock cut temple, which is one of itz kind but missed by many tourists due to lack of visiblilty
  • Amazing architectural marvel located very close to Krishna's butter ball
  • Nice place for short family trip...winter afternoons are Great !!

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