PLACES AROUND MAHABALIPURAM
There are many places around mahabalipuram to be visited. They are cholamandal artist’s village, Dakshina Chitra, Muthukadu, Crocodile and Snake Bark, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Various Temples, Kovalam, Mudaliarkuppam, Thirukkalukundram, Tirupporur, Vandalur and Vedanthangal.
CHOLAMADAL ARTIST’S VILLAGE
This village is about 20 km away from chennai and one has to reach 38 km from this village to mahabalipuram. This village was established in 1965 to promote and develop the traditional art. Exhibitions are regularly put up to exhibit various paintings, Sculptures and crafty articles. The visitors can interact with the artists of the studies in this village.
This place is 12 km south of the cholamandal village, established in 1984. Separate sectors of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka sculptures are found here. This is a ling museum. One can find traditional architecture, artistry workers, exhibitions, workshops, archival library and graft shops etc. The other major activities here are exhibition of crafts, designs, folk arts etc.
This city lies on the National Highway between Tiruchirappalli and Chennai. It is about 30kms away from mahabalipuram. The tourists can find remains and ruins of an ancient Vijayanagar fort. There is also a lake named Kolavai Lake. Boating facilities are found in the like by the tourism department.
This city is a major cultural centre and a major Hindu pilgrim of Tamilnadu. This is also the place which has the famous temples and known as Golden city of thousand temples. This is set on the western bank of the Palar River. This is one among the seven sacred cities in India. The city is known for the seat of bearing, culture and philosophy. This city is an important centre for commerce and a world renowned centre for silk goods. Kanchipuram is located on the chennai – Bangalore Highway. The chennai airport is 60 km away from Kanchipuram.
India as a whole is known for the tradition and the construction of unique style of temples. There are many famous temples all over India. There are also many great temples around Mamallpuram. They are Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambaranathar Temple, Varadarajaswami Temple, Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple and Jaina Kanchi or Tiruparuttikunram. Let us discuss their unique features.
The Kailasanathar Temple is one of the earliest and most extra ordinary temples of Kanchipuram. Rajasimha, the pallava king of the 7th century built it. It depicts the splendid early Dravidian architecture. The style and elegance of the temples are closer in comparison to those of the sculptures of mahabalipuram. The main shine has a 16 sided Shivalingam in black granite stone.
The Ekambaranathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is the largest temple in the town which lovers 20 acres of land area. This temple was built and altered by the pallavas, the Cholas and the Rayas. In 1509, King Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar constructed a gopuram which is of 58.5 meters in height. The temple has fire corridors has a thousand pillared hall. The Prithvi Lingam inside the main sanctum is Lunge and is one among the fine lingams of south India. One unique feature is that the 1000 lingas were carved out of a single stone here. There is also a mango tree, aged more than 3,500 years. This tree bears four branches representing the Four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvana) and the fruits from these branches have four differing tastes respectively.
The Varadarajaswami Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built during the 10th century by the Vijayanagar kings. It has a big outer will and it has a thousand pillared halls called the Kalyanamandapam. The pillars have the descriptions of Lord Vishnu. A huge chain is carved of a single piece of granite stone.
The Vaikunta Perumal Temple, of the 7th century was built by the pallava king Nadivarman II. This is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the temple has towering vimanas, where Lord Vishnu’s image is posture in standing, sitting and reclining forms. These are beautiful lion pillared cloisters and bas – reliefs in the main shrine of the temple.
The Kamatchiamman Temple, dedicated
to goddess Parvathi is said to be built before 7th century. Latter the
Cholas reconstructed it during the 14th Century. This is located in the
heart of the town and one of the three holy places of Sakthi worship.
There is a Sankaracharya shrine who found the Kamakoti Monastery. He also
built a golden tower. Adi Shankara had also installed the Sri Chakra before
goddess Kamatchi. The annual car festival is held during February and
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