Brahma Sanctum Trimurti Cave, Mahabalipuaram (23)

Posted by Chennai City (Chennai, India) on 11 August 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Name: Brahma Sanctum, Trimurti Cave Temple, Mahabalipuram
Location: 1.5 kms from bus stand, Mahabalipuram. , Located in the same 'park' area as Krishna's Butterball and the Arjuna Penance carvings. It is located slightly away from the Krishna's butter ball. Hence it is easy to access and the entry is free to all.
Popularity: In spite of its popularity by its name, it is less visited by visitors.
The cave temple is dedicated to Trimurties of Hindu pantheon - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The left most sanctum is dedicated to Lord Brahma.
However the ASI guide states that this idol is not Brahma but Lord Subramanya.
There are two supporting arguments: 1. Idol wears a garland crown; 2. Idol also wears a cross-chain across the body. Lord Brahma is the Vedic scholar but this idol showing the signs of a warrior. Therefore the idol is not Brahma.

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