The Indian peninsula has one of the oldest histories dating back to thousands of years in the world. It has one of the oldest cultures, civilizations, settlements, scriptures etc in the world along with the Greek-Latin, Mesopotamian, Persian, Sumerian, Chinese etc.
The Indian peninsula also has one of the oldest monuments, shrines, holy places and structures. One such part of incredible India is that of Mahabalipuram, located in the district of Kancheepuram in the southeastern State of Tamil Nadu, India. The Indian peninsula is home or even origin to many religions, such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism etc. There are very old churches, mosques, Gurudwaras, Temples, holy shrines etc here.
The original name Mahabalipuram, and later called Mamallapuram, in the modern-day is a small town of about 8 sq. km. in south India. The population is estimated at about 20,000. The marvels of Mahabalipuram include the ancient carvings on stones depicting deities, elephants, nature etc; giant rock pieces, crafted ancient regional architecture etc.
The name Mahabalipuram comes from the ancient demon cruel arrogant King Mahabali. He was killed by Lord Vishnu. The part Mamalla means great wrestler. The name Mamallapuram was formed after the great warrior King Narasimha Varman I.
Some of the must-visit places in Mahabalipuram are the dexterous Sea-Shore Shrine Temple, Krishna Temple, Krishna’s Butter Ball, Varaha Temple, Vedagrishvara Temple, Pandava Raths, Ganesha Ratha, Mahishasuramardini Cave, The Tiger Cave, Mandapams and other group of ancient monuments etc. Other nearby attractions include the sculpture museum, the Sea Shell Museum. Some of the monuments are under the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The best time through the year to visit Mahabalipuram is the Indian Spring, autumn or winter season time. The temperature ranges comfortably between around 20°C to 32°C at this time. Some travelers avoid visiting Mahabalipuram in the months of October-November due to rains. The warm people of Mahabalipuram speak the native language Tamil but many can converse in basic English.
There is no railway station or airport in Mahabalipuram. However, Mahabalipuram can be reached in breaks combo of train or air and then the road. Chennai and Pondicherry are the closest airports and railway stations, at a distance of about 56 km and 96 km from Mahabalipuram, respectively. It is best advised to reach Chennai by train or air, and then drive to Mahabalipuram. There are frequent buses and taxis to Mahabalipuram. There are many luxury and comfortable budget hotels in Mahabalipuram.
A Mantra for Lord Krishna is -
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare.
हरे कृष्णा हरे कृष्णा कृष्णा कृष्णा हरे हरे।
हरे रामा हरे रामा रामा रामा हरे हरे॥
(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-03-29 16:49:45 )
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