10 Lesser-Known Facts About Mahabalipuram

1. Seven Pagodas Legend
Mahabalipuram was once believed to have had seven temples, of which only the Shore Temple remains visible. The others are said to have been submerged under the sea.
2. Battle Reliefs
Some rock carvings in Mahabalipuram depict scenes from ancient battles, showcasing the martial history of the Pallavas.
3. Butterfly Migration
Mahabalipuram witnesses a unique butterfly migration event twice a year, drawing nature enthusiasts and researchers.
4. Pallava Coins
Archaeologists have discovered ancient Pallava coins in Mahabalipuram, providing insights into the region's historical economy and trade.
5. Vishnu's Anantasayana
There is a lesser-known rock carving of Vishnu in a reclining position (Anantasayana) that is less frequented by tourists but is a significant piece of art.
6. Nakula Sahadeva Ratha
Unlike the other rathas, the Nakula Sahadeva Ratha is dedicated to Indra and has a unique elephant sculpture beside it.
7. Underground Water Reservoirs
8. Ancient Dockyard
Evidence suggests that Mahabalipuram had an ancient dockyard, highlighting its importance as a maritime trade center.
9. Astrology and Astronomy
Some structures and carvings in Mahabalipuram align with celestial events and are believed to have been used for astronomical observations.
10. Temple Construction Techniques
The temples and sculptures in Mahabalipuram were carved using simple tools like chisels and hammers, yet they exhibit remarkable precision and artistry.