Krishna’s Butterball: The ball that defies Physics


    Irrespective of the different types of balls, they become excessively fast on a slope. Even according to Science, if the diameter of a round object like a ball is less and the base which touches the ground is small, it will travel faster than most objects. But Krishna’s butterball is a stone which has negated all the rules of science and established an amazing example of a balancing act.
    City of temples, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, is located 60 kilometers south of Chennai and is famous for its historic stone cravings. But there is a giant balancing rock here which stands on a slope with its base touching only 2 square feet of the ground. Cyclones, winds, rain, tsunami and even earthquakes do not have any effect on this stone. It has been here for thousands of years and it is still in the same position. It has an approximate height of 20 ft and about 16 ft in diameter has been defying gravity for 1,200 years and has remained in the same position.
    Inspired by Lord Krishna’s boundless love for butter, devotees began to view this stone as Lord Krishna’s butter and hence named it Krishna’s butterball. But its original Tamil name is ‘Vaan Irai Kal’ which means stone of the sky god. Does it balance itself on such a small area owing to some supernatural power or there some scientific reason behind it? Well, no one can answer this for sure. It weighs approximately 250 tonnes. It might seem as it can roll down any second, but that’s not true. Tourists lounge under the shade of this stone. An interesting fact is that the surface on which it lies is so slippery that kids slide down on it as if it was a slide. It is also said that it has a connection with the other world. This is the only structure in Mahabalipuram which has no carvings on it. Whether it is a miracle or a work of some mighty historian, it is still a secret. Nevertheless, it never fails to amaze the tourists.


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