Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Varaha cave Temple Mahabalipuram India


Varaha Cave Temple (also Adivaraha Cave Temple) is a rock-cut cave temple located at Mamallapuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal in Kancheepuram District in Tamil Nadu, India. It is part of the hill top village, which is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the north of the main Mahabalipurm sites of rathas and the Shore Temple. It is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century. The temple is one of the finest testimonial to the ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis, of rock-cur cave architecture, out of many such caves also called mandapas. Part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, the temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as inscribed in 1984 The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the incarnated form of a Varaha or boar lifting Bhudevi, the mother earth goddess from the sea. Also carved are many mythical figures.
This temple is a small rock-cut structure dedicated to Vishnu as a boar. The entrance to the temple has two pillars engraved with two-horned lions, as if protecting the shrine. This temple was built to commemorate the saving of Bhudevi (goddess earth) by Vishnu. Also visible here is a carving of Goddess Durga on a lotus, standing under the royal umbrella.
Varaha cave Temple Mahabalipuram India