Well, this is not exactly Krishna’s ‘butter ball’, but that’s how they call it. I remember visiting this monument when I was very young and someone said to me in Telugu, ‘Look at the Venna Muddha’, meaning almost the same, and I was fascinated. I asked them ‘Doesn’t that rock-ball fall down?’ They told me that the rock-ball has been standing like this for many centuries!!
As you can guess, this ‘Krishna’s butter ball’ has become a huge attraction in Mahabalipuram/Mamallapuram. People want to take photos sitting below it, trying to push it down **and show their bravery** :), and even holding it in their palm (from a distance) which gives an illusion as if they are carrying it. Of course, I didn’t want to take such photos! It seems, this rock is a natural formation, and that baffles a lot of people.
Once you enter the campus containing the Krishna’s butter ball, there are two more attractions – One on the right side and one on the left side. I’ll show you what is there on the right side first – Thirumurthi Caves.
As you can see, this is a rock-cut ancient 7th Century Pallava temple of Mahabalipuram and as the name suggests, all the three main deities of Hindu religion – Shiva, Vishnu and Bhrama are located in the same temple (see three openings in the first photo). I have shown the close-up view of Shiva Linga and carved statues surrounding it, in the above photo.
On the left-side of the Krishna’s butter ball, you can see this cute little rock temple –