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Rock n' roll in Mahabalipuram - I

Krishna's Butter Ball in Mahabalipuram, India.  The surface below the rock is at a 45-degree incline. You'll notice children on the right hand side using it as a slide. Couldn't figure out why it's called Butter Ball (the most obvious reason is because it looks like it can slip anytime)

Krishna's Butter Ball in Mahabalipuram, India. The surface below the rock is at a 45-degree incline. You'll notice children on the right hand side using it as a slide. Couldn't figure out why it's called Butter Ball (the most obvious reason is because it looks like it can slip anytime)

Krishna's Butter Ball in Mahabalipuram, India.  The surface below the rock is at a 45-degree incline. You'll notice children on the right hand side using it as a slide. Couldn't figure out why it's called Butter Ball (the most obvious reason is because it looks like it can slip anytime) That's Arjuna's Penance in Mahabalipuram, India. The town is literally carved out of rocks. There are huge such structures all over. This one is the world's largest bas-relief and has links with the Mahabharata The Five Ratha Temple in Mahabalipuram. Some five or seven such temples are now submerged in the sea. I took a boat to see them. Wonderful sight that was and I will describe it in my story soon

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  • Image © 2008 Ravi Joshi

Mahabalipuram is one of my favourite holiday destinations. Not just because it is close to Chennai (just about 55 km) and the drive is beautiful (the Bay of Bengal on your right hand side and pal groves on your left) or it is a haven for the foreign tourist (from backpacker to the well-heeled) but because it shows what man can achieve.

These huge structures that you see have been carved out of rocks. And what beautiful structures they are. Be it Krishna's Butter Ball which gives you the creeps if you stand under it (it looks like the ball can slip any time) or the Shore Temple which is one of the seven (or was it nine?) temples built in this ancient town. You can still get a glimpse of the ones submerged in the sea but you have to be a daredevil to do that. Here's how:

Hire a fisherman's catamaran for about Rs 800 ($20) to take you into the sea. Don't forget to ask him for life jackets and a rope. About one nautical mile into the sea you will see bubbles coming out of the water. At first I thought it was a whale or something (that was my first time in the sea, you see) but the fishermen were wiser. This is the place the temples were built and now the sea has engulfed them.

Second part of the story will come in a day or two... or you could check my website

http://mojoerising.blogspot.com 

 

Published on 6/3/08

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Sea Food At Mahabalipuram

Contributor: abhayindian123 [10] 4/16/10

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Hey guys check out a hotel called Le Yogi at mahaballipuram
having mouth watering and delicious sea food
They offer Biryani, tandoori chicken, butter chicken etc too
For more about this visit
http://www.findnearyou.com/article/sun-sand-amp-scampi_761

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