Krishna’s Butterball is a curious tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram, a town about 60 km south of Chennai, India, famous for its stone carvings. The “butterball” is a giant balancing rock, 5 meters in diameter, perched on a smooth slope, seemingly defying all laws of physics.
In Hindu mythology Lord Krishna had an insatiable appetite for butter, and as a child, would often sneak a handful from his mother’s butter jar. Situated on a hill slope this massive natural rock boulder is attributed to a bolus of butter the young Krishna would steal.
The rock’s awkward position makes it quite popular with locals and tourists alike as it makes for an interesting backdrop for some wacky photographs. The rock provides welcome shade if you dare to sit underneath it!