Very few visitors to Mamallapuram get to see the Pidari Ratham and Valian kuttai (Valayankuttai) rathams. These are located about 500 mtrs West of Arjuna’s penance and can be reached by road. The entrance to the complex is close to ECR.
Both rathams are unfinished structures carved out of huge boulders. The work has begun from the top but the bottom is not completed. They resemble huge ‘Chettiar bommais’ at the bottom. The sanctums are also not complete and one is not sure for which god(s) these are meant for.
Map of Mamallapuram. Courtesy: Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation
When we reached the Valiankuttai ratham, a man was peacefully sleeeping in the niche, oblivious of the visitors.