Rock Carvings

Tiger Cave

Tiger Cave

The Tiger Cave is not really a cave and tigers do not live here either. It is a rock-cut Hindu temple complex with carvings of tiger heads around the structure, located in the hamlet of Saluvankuppam near Mahabalipuram. These rock-cut structures with tiger-head like shapes are believed to have been constructed in 7th century by Pallavas.

Well, let me begin by clearing the air first that the Tiger Cave is not really a cave and tigers do not live here either It is a rock-cut Hindu temple complex with carvings of tiger heads around the structure, located near the coastal village of Saluvankuppam near Mahabalipuram These rock-cut structures with tiger-head like shapes are believed to have been constructed in 7th century during the Pallava reign Among the many sculpted wonders of Mahabalipuram, Tiger cave is one of the lesser visited monuments Located at about 5 km drive from the Shore Temple also makes it somewhat inaccessible I guess auto rides should be available to this place but I had my car around so that was a
Panch Rathas

The monolithic Pancha Rathas

One of the most crowded places in Mahabalipuram, the Five Rathas or Panch Rathas are five monolithic temple structures built by the Pallavas in early 7th century AD. The buildings displaying exquisite carvings are named individually after Draupadi and the five Pandava brothers.

The Pancha Rathas complex is arguably the most crowded place in Mahabalipuram The Five Chariots or Panch Rathas are five monolithic temple structures were built by the Pallavas in early 7th century AD These structures are a part of the Monuments of Mahabalipuram which I have covered in a separate article The buildings displaying exquisite carvings have been named individually after Draupadi and the five Pandava brothers though there is no historical basis for it whatsoever What is even more strange that the Ganesh Ratha found on the Mahabalipuram hill was earlier known as the Arjuna Ratha and the one now called with that name used to be Nakula Ratha

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