Krishna Mandapam, Mahabalipuram

Mandapa of Krishna or Krishna Mandapam is a monument at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

It is part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 1984. It is located on a hillock next to the open rock relief of Descent of the Ganges (Mahabalipuram).
It is constituted by an originally open-air bas-relief dedicated to Lord Krishna, dating to the mid-seventh century, which was later enclosed within a mandapa in the 16th century during the Vijayanagara Empire.

Notable carvings inside are sculpted panels that bring out the story of Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill to protect the cowherds and gopis (milk maids) from heavy rains and floods – the "most poetic and endearing" Indian or Angkor sculpture-based representation of this legend – and there are also scenes of Krishna frolicking with the milk maids.
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  • It's all very nice but I would not class this as one of ndia's most important historic sites. There was nothing here when I came in 1984. Just a few rocks & a dosa shop.  more »
  • Mammalapuram,(Mahabalipuram) has a lot to offer, which would pave way to the history/civilisation and a lot more to think. When you are here you forget your time and go on to memories. Great place to....  more »
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  • A ve nearer to Krishna mandapam Lord sri sthalasayana perumal temple Historical temple in Mamallapuram Hindu worship temple
  • Krishna's Mandap or Krishna Mandapam is the first UNESCO heritage site (out of three in a row) which was constructed in two different periods. The inner carving depicts lord Krishna playing melodious sound on hia flute while people engaged in their daily chores are sent into a hypnotic trance because of it. The carvings depict the locals, nobles and animals of those times. The outer mandapam was constructed later on in 7th or 9th century to protect the carvings on the inside. The lions with a human face particularly depict that trade was already established with Egyptian Civilization much before than earlier thought and the concept of Sphinx was very well known back then.... Hire a guide, its must; as although it looks like simple carvings however they reveal interesting information about the era in which it was carved.

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