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.
Nearby Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) attractions
1. Panch Pandava Mandapa
This unfinished cave temple has just five completed lion columns.
2. Sri Sthalasayana Temple
A 16th- to 17th-century Vishnu temple, behind the bus stand.
3. Raya Gopura
Generally thought to be an unfinished gopuram dating from the 16th century.
4. Arjuna’s Penance
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
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
Decorated with lion-shaped pillar bases, the Ganesh Ratha is carved from a single rock and was originally a Shiva shrine.
7. Ramanuja Mandapa
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.