Mahabs or Mahabalipuram, located about 57 km from Chennai in south India, is a stunning temple town that dates back to the 1st millennium CE.
This place is a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site.
It is famous for its shore and rock-cut temples, which have been created around motifs from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics.
To help you enjoy your visit to Mahabs, we provide you a list of must-watch things you shouldn’t miss.
The Amazing Shore Temple
This structure is the oldest in the town and dates back at least 1,400 years.
It has been carved from blocks of different sizes.
The temple has been reconstructed after it suffered damage in a cyclone. It is vulnerable to high erosion as it is very close to the sea.
Mahishasuramardhini Mandapam displays two beautifully carved panels on its walls that show mythological scenes.
On one panel, the Pallava artists have produced a glorious sculpture of the fight between Goddess Shakti and Mahisha with aesthetic detailing and perfection.
On the other panel, there is an astounding artwork of Lord Vishnu resting on Adishesha, the serpent king. His weapons (depicted as Gods) fight off the demons Kaitabha and Madhu. These spellbinding etchings are a treat to the eyes.
Marvelous Stone Chariots
Pancha Pandava Ratha meaning the five Pandavas’ chariots, are temples for the Pandu brothers of Mahabharata and Draupadi, their wife.
These sculptures have been chiseled from huge boulders. Three temples are devoted to Arjuna, Bhima and Dharmaraja, one to Sahadeva and Nakula, and the remaining one to Draupadi.
These monolithic constructions date back to the 7th century CE.
Check Out and Buy Stunning Seashells
The India Seashell Museum at Mahabs is the largest of its type in Asia.
It hosts more than 40,000 shell specimens that include interesting items such as trains, vehicles, and others made from seashells.
At the souvenir shop, you can buy beautiful seashell items like key chains, pearl jewelry, conches, etc. for your collection.