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Mahishasuramardini Cave

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Nice carvings - need protection

A beautiful set of historic art pieces. Well worth seeing. In my opinion they need better protection - people clim and touch the carvings which is a shame

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful set of historic art pieces. Well worth seeing. In my opinion they need better protection - people clim and touch the carvings which is a shame

Thank Albia-Newton
Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like this old structure.. was on a business trip just stopped by and local told me that its a tourist attraction ..

Thank shaniruddh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We had visited this rock cut cave temple located in the complex(UNESCO World Heritage site) maintained by Archeological department during our sightseeing in Mahabalipuram. This cave temple is located on a hillock and we had to climb steep path and then stairs to reach the top. The temple derives its name from the detailed rock cut sculpture of goddess Durga... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

When you are hopping from one stone marvel to another, it is quite easy to get bored by the monotony. But trust me, each monument at Mahabalipuram has its own unique charm and character. The Mahashasurmardini cave is distinguished by its location itself, which in on a substantial height and next to the light house. The carvings inside the cave... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

This cave is near light house. There are mainly 4 structures to see. The notable structures are Shree Vishnu in lying position and Durgaji killing Demon. No entrance fee is here. Photography is also free of cost. One more old closed temple is there on the top of this cave.

Thank Nish0901
Coimbatore, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This place is one of the standing testimonies of the architectural capabilities of the Pallavas'. This structure is grand with beautiful reliefs and pillars.

Thank ganeshpkumar
New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

The mahishasura cave is a cave of the pallava times.The architecture is amazing but can be maintained better.It is declared as a UNESCO heritage site but maintenance is lacking. The temple is very beautiful and the carvings are excellent.

Thank ranga411
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

Mahabalipuram is seen as the workshop of Indian sculptures where they experimented with various temple and architectural styles, hence this place has a very important place in study of Indian architecture. Here we find examples of various temple types, be it monoliths or rock-cut shrines

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

This cave is part of the UNESCO Heritage Site Mahabalipuram Monuments. The temple consists of a long columned verandah with three sanctums. It takes its name from the large sculpture panel on its walls celebrating the feat of the goddess Durga

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015

Its inside the town, park your car in nearby area and you can walk 2-3 places nearly like sea shore temple, Pancha Pandava Cave. The place is crowded in season, also a bit dirty. Also, these historic places need more attention from maintenance point of view.

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