Mahishamardini Cave

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India


An incredibly beautiful monolithic cave temple, dating back to the 7th century, Mahishamardini Cave is dedicated to Goddess Mahishamardini or Goddess Durga, Goddess Parvati's warrior avatar who slayed Mahishasura, the demon who could transform into a buffalo at will. Mahishamardini cave temple lies past a boulder strewn path that leads right up to the rock cut flight of stairs culminating at the cave temple's four-pillared front. The cave's central shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva while the two on its either side are dedicated to Lord Vishnu is his reclining form and Goddess Mahishamardini.

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