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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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  • The Varaha Cave Temple is an exquisite gem of the ancient South Indian architecture...the rock-cut Hindu temple is located in the ancient city of Mahabalipuram...it is a part of the UNESCO World Herit...  more »
  • Throwback to an ancient world.....one of the very few sites in India one should not miss! The Varaha Cave Temple is an exquisite gem of the ancient South Indian architecture. The rock-cut Hindu temple...  more »
  • Stone carvings of Varaha swamy with Bhoodevi on laps pressing down the Nagas is not to be missed. Gajalakshmi and Vamana panel is equally beautiful. Even magnificent is Adi Varaha temple behind light ...  more »
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  • 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
  • Beautiful Cave temple Sculpture at the Varaha Cave, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram [UNESCO World Heritage site] | by Anupam Mukherjee,Tamilnadu,India..
  • Awesome art work depicting Bali vadham

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Given the importance of its major attractions, Mahabalipuram offers a good number of accommodations across its main urban area. Thanks to the popularity of its coast, it has a large number of accommodations by the beach, too. Choose between the backpacker-friendly area around Othavadai Street, where budget hostels and boutiques provide the main options, and the massive resorts along the beach. Alternatively, Chennai lies just two hours away by bus, so many travelers choose to stay in the large city to the north and simply take day trips Mahabalipuram.
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