Dating back to the 7th century, Trimurti Cave temple is located atop a steep cliff and is one of the rarest temples in India. It is dedicated to the theological concepts of Trimurti in Hinduism. Here you will find separate shrines presided by each of the three Gods : Shiva (destroyer of the Universe); Brahma ( creator of our Universe) and Vishnu (the preserver of this Universe). These deities are considered to be the avatars of the Supreme God and find a pride of place in the Trimurti Cave temple.
A not-so-difficult hike takes devotees and visitors to a 100 feet high cliff that boasts of this rock-cut shrine complete with intricate carvings/ reliefs of these three gods and their respective consorts, in varied avatars. The chamber presided by Lord Shiva is known for its holy shivalingam . You will find guardian figures surrounding each of these rock cut figures. With a touch of enigma and hauntingly beautiful-- Trimurti Cave temple ranks high on the list if of Mahabalipuram’s old-world heritage sites. Though lesser known, this location is a must visit.