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Arjuna's Penance

West Raja Street | Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
+91 81222 33700
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This bas-relief with life-size images from a mythical story adorns a huge rock.
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West Raja Street | Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
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"bas relief"
in 44 reviews
"birds and animals"
in 5 reviews
"mythological stories"
in 5 reviews
"bass relief"
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"sacred river"
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"rock face"
in 7 reviews
"wall carvings"
in 5 reviews
"open air"
in 10 reviews
"on the rocks"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful carvings"
in 12 reviews
"butter ball"
in 14 reviews
"indian history"
in 5 reviews
"single rock"
in 11 reviews
"must visit place"
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"a unesco world heritage site"
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"pallava dynasty"
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"shore temple"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bas relief on the face of a huge stone has to be seen to be believed. Hiring a guide ensures that you get a better understanding of the stories behind the carvings.

Thank Margaret W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

definitely worth 1 visit. It takes hardly 5 mins, is very close to krishna butterball. Try to find a guide to understand what this is all about.

Thank Monika A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Carved designs not only imply the magnificence of Indian culture but indicates the sheer hard work...

Thank Prasad B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This hand carved relief is one of the largest ever found. One hundred meters long. Quite a beautiful piece and right on the street. It couldn’t be more convenient. I must’ve seen it twenty times while here and never grew tired of it. A wonder...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place Arjuna's penance features skillfully sculpture figures. More than a hundred flying celestial creatures. It is a place where the ethical stories have taken place.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

The Arjuna's Penance is a beautiful rock carvings and one of the first sights once you reach Mahabalipuram. It is very close to the Krishna's butter ball rock sculpture. The rock carving is elaborate and very beautiful and remains well maintained till date.

Thank Memoirs-Sachin
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

It is located near mahabalipuram beach an a beautiful place and also a must visit place make a trip with Your friends and family for a greater experience.

Thank G S
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Spectacular sculpture, very detailed work done on single stone. Elephants carved looks like real elephants! Artists back them used big crack in the stone as a river Ganga flowing. Great art work, definitely everyone should visit this site. We need to cover this sculpture to...More

Thank Ajinkya C
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Arjuna's Penance is located right in the middle of Mahabalipuram and one can explore it by foot very easily. It is a good spot for taking pictures.

Thank ajay a
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Arjuna' s Penance -: Magnificent carved Single rock Art 7th CE 100 ft wide & 45ft. in height. Arjuna penance is a story from Mahabharata, Arjuna meditating by Austerity Lord. Shiva to obtain Shiva's Weapon. Same rock also depicts descent of River Ganga along with...More

Thank Navjot S
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