Places of interest in Tamilnadu

Trip to Mahabalipuram on December 5, 2007
Govardhana / Krishna Mandapam

This is a unique mandapam in Mahabalipuram, for all the figures sculpted in this cave reflect the social life of those days. Wild animals - a few lion and monkey sculptures have been sculpted on the left wall. On the main wall one can see dance figures, a bull, a cow licking its calf as a cowherd is milking the cow, a woman holding a bundle of hay on her head and a uri in her right hand (three pots placed one on top of another tied to together with a rope) followed by a man, a woman with her child, a man playing the flute, a royal couple, Krishna lifting the Govardhana hill protecting the village folk from the heavy downpour of rain. All the gaps have been filled skillfully by sculpting heads of cows in different angles. On the right extreme is a Nandi figure resting high on the wall.

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