Tiger Cave, Mahabalipuram

On Saturday, Ashwin and I went on an impromptu afternoon drive down Chennai’s East Coast Road and soon found ourselves pulling into a clearing next to a signboard that said ‘Tiger Cave’. Located in Saluvankuppam, about 5 kms before Mahabalipuram, the Tiger Cave is a rock cut temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The cave is supposed to be shaped like a tiger, with a cluster of smaller tiger heads forming the head of the tiger, but to me, it looked more like lions 🙂 Like the temples of Mahabalipuram, this one too was built by the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I during the 7th century AD.
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  • Reply Raj_Mutharasan July 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Happen to run into your blog. Nice pictures. The next time you are at this site, try to capture the Somaskanda panel that is behind the Sivalingam (on the back wall} in the cave temple. That type of a panel appears to be a signature of the Pallavas. You can see a bit of it in your picture.

    Since you are a photographer, you may also want to try and capture the facial expressions of the Dwarapalahans (the door guardians)to the cave temple. Because the statue surface is light and reflective, one may need to photograph by manual adjustment to capture the features. Best wishes.

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