Krishna Mandapa

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

Just south of the Arjuna's Penance relief carving, the Krisha Mandapa has a fine 16th-century colonnade and contains a famous carving of Krishna protecting cows and villagers from Indra's wrath by lifting Govardhana Hill above his head.

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Nearby Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) attractions

3. Raya Gopura

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Generally thought to be an unfinished gopuram dating from the 16th century.

4. Arjuna’s Penance

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The crowning masterpiece of Mamallapuram’s stonework, this giant relief carving is one of India's greatest ancient artworks. Inscribed on two huge,…

5. Varaha Mandapa

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Home to some of Mamallapuram's most brilliant carvings, the Varaha Mandapa depicts Vishnu's boar avatar, Varaha, lifting the earth out of the oceans (left…

6. Ganesh Ratha

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Decorated with lion-shaped pillar bases, the Ganesh Ratha is carved from a single rock and was originally a Shiva shrine.

7. Ramanuja Mandapa

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South of the Raya Gopura the main Mamallapuram Hill path passes the Ramanuja Mandapa.

8. Lion Throne


A beautifully carved throne or seat in the shape of a lion, a little west (uphill) from the Raya Gopura on Mamallapuram Hill.