Krishna's Butter Ball - The mysterious balancing rock of Mahabalipuram
- The Krishna’s Butter Ball or Vaanirai Kal (Stone of the Sky God), as it is known to locals, has been sitting on a 45-degree slope in Mahabalipuram for over 1,400 years.
- The actual name of the stone is Vaan Irai Kal, which translates to Sky God's Stone.
- Some believe that it was put in place by the gods, others by aliens - and geologists argue it's a natural formation.
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Weird But True: The mystery of the balancing rock of Mahabalipuram
The 20ft rock appears to defy gravity, looking like it's going to roll at any moment - and all attempts to move it have been in vain.
This is one of those unexplained mysteries in science. At Mahabalipuram the 20 feet high and 5 meter wide rock estimated to weigh over 250 tons seems to pull off a balancing act like no other. Known locally as Krishna’s Butter Ball is not a rock that stands on an extremely small and slippery area of a hill. It’s hard not to wonder how such a big structure is stationary at a place where it’s impossible to be so. And it’s been there for over 1400 years. Yes you heard that right 1400 years seemingly defying the laws of physics.
Its original Tamil name is "Vaanirai Kal" which literally translates to "Stone of The Sky God".
The push attempt:
According to an ancient myth, the Pallava King Narasimhavarman who ruled South India from 630-668 C.E. tried to remove the rock.
He gave specific order that the rock which was considered to be from the heavens must never be touched.
However, a frustrated Narasimhavarman was forced to watch that his orders could not be carried out. Despite all efforts, the rock simply did not move.
In 1908 the then Governor of Madras Arthur Lawley decided the boulder to be too dangerous to nearby homes and wanted it removed. Seven elephants were employed to push the rock. But to everyone’s surprise the rock couldn’t be moved and the task was abandoned.
The rock is believed to be naturally formed but theorists believe a natural formation such as this is highly improbable, as natural corrosion could not have brought upon such a shape.
This rock is bigger and heavier than the monolithic stones of Ollantaytambo, Peru or Machu Picchu.
The rock is balanced upon a 4 feet area of the hill. Its simple physics that a structure needs a 250 ton rock has a far-fetched chance of resting on a 4 feet area for such a long period.
To site imagery, imagine a ball on a slope, unless it has a heavy footing it rolls down pretty fast.