Mahishamardini Cave


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.

Timings – Opening & Closing:

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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