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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  • September 10, 2017
    It is a small temple in a butter ball park! Entrance, go right and go to Butterball, left this building on the Hill. It is a small temple.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful carvings on the rock wall, it is definitely the most beautiful monument of unesco world heritage temples in this part of India. There you put much to visit it, to see even the rock placed in a position that defies gravity in the area next to the temple
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  • August 16, 2017
    I am not sure if this cave has been restored or not, but it does not look worn out at all. The stone columns and the steps are still intact without any wear and tear for 13 centuries. The rock-cut scu...  more »
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  • July 10, 2017
    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
  • June 22, 2017
    Beautiful Cave temple Sculpture at the Varaha Cave, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram [UNESCO World Heritage site] | by Anupam Mukherjee,Tamilnadu,India..
  • March 10, 2016
    Awesome art work depicting Bali vadham

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