Where were we..??? Ok.. In Krishna Mandapam. Then we came out of it… Lolz… Ok, let’s come to the point...
The next place in the list was Krishna Butterball aka Bheema’s Mustard seed. This is a huuuuuge free rock standing at a dangerous slope. But it’s so well sturdy. In fact the government thought of the possibilities of massacre if it rolls down the slope. So trials we done to push and pull it with elephants and too, but in vain!!! Its toooooo sturdy to roll off the slope…
Krishna is a very chweet God filled with mystical powers. He takes different forms and changes his sizes. So this huge rock is as small as a Butter ball to Him, if he blows up. Bheema is one of the Pancha Pandavas, the strongest and biggest in size of the five. And he eats a lot too!!! So this huge rock is only as small as Mustard seed for his huuuuuuuuge tummy!!! Thus these names… Lolz… So, here we took some freaky shots too. You may look at the size of the people standing right below the rock to visualize the rock's actual size.
From there we went to the Ganesha Ratha. It’s a Ratha like temple that houses Lord Ganesha / Vinayakar. Next was to the Varaha Mandapam. This has 4 panels. First is Varaha Panel. Varaha is the 3rd re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu when is born as a Wild Boar. Here is the scene of Lord Vishnu in the form Wild Boar saves Mother Earth – Bhoodevi and puts her on his lap.
Second is the Gajalakshmi Panel. Well, Lakshmi was created during the churning of the ocean by angels and demons. Gaja is elephant. Since she is flanked by 2 elephants on either side she is called Gaja Lakshmi. She’s sitting on a lotus with her feet placed on the lotus leaves.
Next is the Durga Panel. She is seen standing here on a lotus. Her vahana Lion is on the top left with a stylized mane.
The last panel is the Trivikrama Panel. Trivikrama is the form taken by Lord Vishnu in his re-incarnation as Vamana. He is also called Ongi Ulagalandha Perumal.
Our next venture was to the place where Kokila Ben of Reliance Industries, dances in rain.
Ha… Ok. What I meant is, in the movie ‘Guru’ starring Abhishek Bachan and Aishwarya Rai which is based in the real life history of Dhirubai Ambani. Aishwarya Rai plays the character of his wife.
A song sequence ‘Barso re’, was shot here in which she dances. And the place is called Rayar Gopuram. Again an unfinished structure.
From here we kept on walking until we saw this rock smiling. Is it only us or do u see it too..??? No..???
Lemme zoom it. Now.?
Then after a bit of rest.. we were off to the Shore Temple.
This is actually a complex that houses several monuments again. It is located a bit away from the main location, just near the sea. It houses a Siva Temple and a Vishnu Temple. On a whole the Mahabalipuram is a mystery with constant new discoveries that completely destructs the assumptions. Here too, quite a number of structures are believed to be engulfed by the sea now.
A recent excavation led to the discovery of some things. One is this small Varaha (wild boar) - Small in comparison to the otherwise large scale architecture and sculpture. Another is a small rather mini shrine that houses Veenadhara Siva (Lord Siva with the music instrument veena in hand). Here is my friend in front of em.
It was post noon by then and a friend was waiting at a hotel constantly messaging to arrive soon for our lunch get together and another group of friends were waiting at ones home for another evening get together!!! Should I also specify we were blasted by both for late arrival.??? Still, our memories lingered with our date with the Pallava Dynasty.
Here are some presentations by Prof. Swaminathan about Mahabs:
TO GET THERE:
Refer Mahabs Part I
Dedicated to Vaishu