Named after one of the Pandava brothers, Arjuna's Penance is an enormous ancient relief carving etched on two huge boulders that dates back to the 7th century. The inscription describes scenes from Hindu mythology and daily happenings from South Indian life at the time, with an artificial waterfall pouring from the carved hands of male and female "nagas." In addition to numerous other carved animals, you can't miss the life-sized carvings of elephants, shown protecting their young. The longer you look at this impressive sight, the more new details you will notice, right down to the small mice around the elephants' feet. Add Arjuna's Penance to your Mahabalipuram travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mahabalipuram online trip builder.
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The beautiful rock carvings and the fact that it is a monolithic rock makes it a very unique piece of historical artform. Our guide explained to us the entire story of Arjuna's penance and the... more »
Another interesting roc cut monument in Mahabalipuram,an UNESCO world heritage site,well maintained, stories of Mahabharata carved on the stone,very close to shore temple and situated within the... more »
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