Mahishasura Mardhini Mandapam can be called twin mandapams. The additional mandapam is on the rock itself at a height and contain exquisite carvings on the outer walls. To reach it, one has to climb the rock cut steps, which I understand ,served as a light house during the Pallava times.
This Mandapam is just opposite to the present modern light house. It consists of three small shrines in the inner wall which is exactly the typical pattern of the Pallava art and architecture. On the northern wall, the battle between goddess Durga and the buffalo – headed demon, Mahishasura is beautifully inscribed Mahishasura symbolizes animal strength, ignorance and egoism to go with.
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|You can also lie down and enjoy these sculptures..!|
Do you see a small Mandapam on the distant rock...Zoomed into it below..!
Young climbing up to the top of the light house and Not so young returning from there..!
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An areal view (VIDEO) from top of the Mahisha Mandapam - the old light house...!