The Tiger cave is beautiful cave temple Located in the city of Mahabalipuram, Chennai. Upon visiting the temple you can see some very intricate carvings of a mythical tiger like creature, referred to as “Yali”. This was originally built by the King Rajasimha from the Pallav dynasty in the 8th century. This was originally carved out an irregular rock structure. The first few things that one notices are the 11 huge tiger heads. These are set in an arch all around the temple and the pillars are also very intricately carved, with Tigers, or known as Yali. This cave temple is set against the backdrop of Mamallapuram’s lush flora and is surrounded by the sound of the rushing sea.
One can also see a statue of the Goddess Durga, riding a tiger; this statue has been enshrined out here too. There is a very famous open air mandapam located here and this is the place where the shows and festivities are conducted, the well known, festival of Indra, which is known for being an utsav mandap is also hosted here.
You can see huge boulders surrounding the Tiger’s cave and some of these are there with incomplete carvings. A small rock cut temple, by the name of Atiranachanda Mandapam is located right next to the Tiger’s cave. This temple has Lord Shiva Enshrined in it, along with a shivalingam and statue of the bull, also known as Nandi.
Upon looking at the Tiger’s Cave from a distance, one realizes that the cave appears like a tiger which is seated or Yali. There are pilasters, which are projecting columns which have been carved into the cave’s surface. These pilasters are carved in a corner in such a manner that one bears the image of a woman riding ferocious Yali, which could be Goddess Durga, in all possibilities.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Visit Duration||1 hour|