Mysterious “Krishna’s Butter Ball” – A Balancing Rock in Mahabalipuram

Rock and NOT roll: The mystery of the 250-ton boulder that has defied gravity for over 1,300 years.  In fact, the rock is heavier than the monolithic stones of Ollantaytambo, Peru or Machu Picchu!

  • The Krishna’s Butter Ball or Vaanirai Kal (Stone of the Sky God) is a massive rock 20′ high 15′ in diameter stands unbalanced on a 45-degree slope on a slippery slope of a hill.
  •  In 1908 Governor of Madras Arthur Lawley is said to have used 7 elephants to move it, but it didn’t moved by an inch.
  • Krishna's Butterball Mahabalipuram
    Source: Indiatimes

    Hindu folklore often believe that it was put in place by deity Lord Krishna, others by aliens – and geologists argue that natural corrosion is unlikely to have produced such an abnormal shape. 

A part of the rock is sheared off, making it look like a half circle. The reason for the erosion is still unknown.

Krishna's Butterball Mahabalipuram
Source: amusingplanet

Krishna’s Butter ball challenges modern technology today, as it fails to answer an important question – how does a 250-ton rock stand on a less-than-4-feet base?

The rock’s awkward position makes it quite popular tourists spot.  The rock even provides welcome shade if you dare to sit underneath it, and local kids have discovered that the slippery nearby hillside also makes a great natural slide.

Krishna's Butterball Mahabalipuram
Source: amusingplanet

The best time to visit is between November and February, as winter makes the weather pleasant.

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