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Mahishamardini Cave

Mahabalipuram

14.2/5(3 Ratings)

Mahishamardini Cave Overview

Ranked 12 of 22 sightseeing in Mahabalipuram

Mahishamardini Cave is a monolithic sculpture located in the Chingleput District of Mahabalipuram. The cave dates back to mid 7th century and is one of the major sites in Mahabalipuram. Dedicated to mother goddess, there are carvings of Shiva, Parvati and Murugan in the centre of the cave. The two sculptures on the walls of the cave depict the Pallava form of arts.

One of the sculptures represents Lord Vishnu, sleeping on serpent and surrounded by gods. Another carving shows Goddess Durga killing the buffalo-headed demon. Tourists also visit this place to see the battle scene of the goddess killing the demon Mahisha. Goddess Mahishamardini with eight arms holding all weapons and riding her lion is also depicted in this cave.
 

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Saturday:
12:00 AM -12:00 AM
Sunday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
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free
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Reviews and Ratings

Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval3.9/5

415 reviews

A Cave at Height

This is also a leading attraction at Mahabalipuram. Mahishasurmardini (means the goddess who killed Mahisasur) cave is at a very much height and one have to climb straight steps and it was very hot day and noon time and we being Sr. Citizen returned from half way. However we had seen the temple by distance and took photos also. If you are fit then do visit this place.
  • A Cave at Height
  • A Cave at Height

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

2881 reviews

Goddess Durga Subduing Mahisha

Mahishamardini Cave, indeed this is Mahishasuramardini Cave Temples, it has a graceful portrayal of Goddess Durga on her lion mount, subduing the buffalo headed demons, Mahisha on the Northern wall. This panel seems to emanate life and motion, the Southern wall where Lord Vishnu is in deep meditation reclines, before creating the Earth. This monument is very attractive and a masterpiece.

Anup Umrao

Anup Umrao3.6/5

7 reviews

Great cave with great sculpture

Its near Mahabalipuram temple with sculpture of god krishna's life, sculptures done on rock there were about 1300 yr old but still looks great. Near this place you will get lots of sculptures to purchase.

Photos of Mahishamardini Cave

Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram

Photo by

Vikram Kumar

Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram
Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram

Photo by

Vikram Kumar

Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram
Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram

Photo by

Vikram Kumar

Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram
Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram

Photo by

Vikram Kumar

Mahishamardini Cave, Mahabalipuram