26th November 2017.
The heritage visit to this 7th century Mahendra Varman – I ( 600 to 630 CE) period rock cut caves at Vallam, near Chengalpattu was planned along with Thirumalpadi, Seeyamangalam and Kanchipuram temples about 2 weeks before and could not do it due to rain. The same was materialised on 26th November 2017 and 11 heritage enthusiasts participated in this visit lead by Mr Venkatesh.
The sky was overcast with clouds and not clear throughout the day. Hence the pictures taken are not clear than expected, but we enjoyed a lot during this heritage visit. This time the Gurukal responded to our request and was present before our arrival. He also allowed us to take photographs. Had the chance of viewing the dwarabalakas very close. Some of the photos taken are up loaded in this post and The details of this temple, inscriptions and photos taken during my earlier visit are also up loaded in this blog.
Vinayagar on the left side of the cave – see the posture !!!
Thavvai on the right side of the cave – Jyeshta devi
Dwarabalakas ( see the horns on the headgear )
Vishnu Durgai on the side of lower cave
The Gurukal showed the ornaments, of Ambal and claimed that the anklets are made of metal with a mixture of mercury and the precious stones used in the nose stud are diamond.
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---