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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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  • This would be interesting if you hadn't seen other caves and carvings round about which are much more interesting, 
  • I was delighted as a work of art can be constructed from a huge stone. Columns delicately sculpted and drawings and illustrations make the cave of a magical place.
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  • It is actually not a cave but a monolithic sculpture. Located near the Arjuna's penance, this sculpture has carvings depicting the stories of the Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu. Well maintained and very...  more »
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  • Awesome art work depicting Bali vadham