Friday, February 18, 2011

Mamallapuram Part 9 Tiger Cave

It is 4 Km north of the main monument complex. It was built as an open-air theatre, where cultural programmers were held during the Pallava period. The beach is walkable from this monument.
The usual grandeur of Pallava architecture can be seen in the Tiger cave - a cave temple that has carved heads of Yali that resembles tiger head, which also gives it the name Yali Mandapam.

This monument too is under the control ASI ( Archeological Society of India) and is well maintained.

There is also a beautifully set Shiva Temple and other than these two, there is nothing else and hence I guess, there are not many visitors to this place and I enjoyed the consequent peace sitting on a rock for sometime, before these school Kids buzzed in .It was a treat to watch these kids enjoy themselves freely..!

Set in the background of sprawling area, there is no dearth of parking space here. I took a bus from Mahabalipuram though... there are many buses that ply via this monument..

The naturally formed rocks themselves look artistic here and gives an artistic background to this entire place.

These Kids followed me to the Shiva Temple as well and kept good company with me..!

While this boy was preparing to enter the temple, his friends found something more interesting to spend time on..!

I was too engrossed  watching these kids play that I completely forgot...Here we go to the Shiva Temple.!

It is customary to whisper your wishes in the ear of the Nandhi who in turn will pass it on to Lord Shiva on our behalf with his recommendation..These girls seem to be well informed. The boy is waiting patiently for his turn..!

 It was well worth my couple of hours that I spent there.. I had the nice company of these kids too..!

Full Set of Photos below