Dating back to the 7th century, this incredibly beautiful and stunning monolithic cave temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga or Goddess Mahishamardini—the warrior avatar of Goddess Parvati that slayed Mahishasura, the demon who had the powers of transforming himself into a buffalo at will.
If you plan to visit the Mahishamardini cave temple, Mahabalipuram then you will find yourself walking along a boulder strewn path that leads you up a rock cut flight of stairs, into the cave temple’s four-pillared exquisite front. Dedicated to the might of Shiva, the cave’s central shrine is visited by devotees across the year. The cells or chambers located to either of its side of are those dedicated to Goddess Mahishamardini and Lord Vishnu--in his unique reclining form.
Mahishamardini’s panel, situated on the right side, is of particular interest to tourists and worshippers. It depicts a ferocious scene where Durga, astride a lion, is fighting the demon Mahishasura. The legendary 9 days of one to one battle had seen the slaying of Mahishasura, who had been plaguing the Earth with his evil acts. The origin of Mahishamardini cave temple can be traced back in time to the reign of King Mahendravarman. This venue contains inscriptions in the famous Pallava grantha—which has led to this famous temple being referred as ‘Atyantakama Pallavesvara-griham’ too!
|Entry Fee||No entry fee|
|Visit Duration||2 hour onwards|