Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips

About Arjuna's Penance

Also known as the Descent of the Ganges, this is one of the majestic monuments of Mahabalipuram. The megalith was engraved upon two adjacent boulders. The magnificent structure is 43 feet high and 96 feet wide and thus its mesmerizing beauty can not be felt completely without viewing it with your own eyes.

Arjuna’s Penance is an important excerpt from the Mahabharata whereas the Descent of the Ganges narrates the story of the penance of Bhagirathi. Each and every part of this megalith expresses its own story. This penance is the perfect destination for history enthusiasts and photographers. The artworks are really amazing and have great historical significance.

Location: West Raja Street, Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram- 603104, Tamil Nadu

Entry-Fee:  
- For Indians- Rs. 10/- per head
- For children below age 15- Free
- Foreigners- Rs. 250/- per head

Timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Best Time to Visit: The ideal months to visit this place are from November to February.
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