Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pondicherry Part 3 - Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is seriously old and is home to many beautiful temples, carvings and my favorite Krishna's butterball. That my picture of this includes Wills is particularly pertinent for a variety of reasons.

Firstly when we first came to India on vacation in 2008 when Wills was three, he loved the story of Krishna stealing the butter from the Aunties of the village. I must of read it to him sooooo many times. He also loves butter - be it butter naan, butter chicken, butter pop corn and to be honest he was a bit a of butter ball baby!
From the shore temple overlooking the sea:

the elephant carvings, part of the Five Rathas which were thought to be done by students as part of their learning process,

to the more elaborate shrines,

the history is immense. As with all Indian historic sites we have seen you can climb, hide, run, explore all over them. A conundrum whether tis best to preserve these precious sites of bygone ages or to enjoy them first hand. Anyway in Mahabalipuram you can clamber over the monuments but woe betide you if you leave any litter:

1 comment:

  1. A great place and a great speech. I share my notes on the trip here.