The elaborately carved temples of Mahabalipuram show the excellence of stone carving as a decorative and devotional art. The traditional craftsmen continue to carve masterpieces of mythological figures, Human figures, images of gods and goddess, Idols for worship, figures of animals, scenes of Hindu epics, different poses of lord Vinayaka, mounts for deities. Essential kitchen implements like wet grinder, grinding stones, statues of leaders, letter stones, Icon of Buddha are also produced.
The magnificent sculptures portray the expertise craftsmanship and also the stone carving history of Mahabalipuram. Every aspect of stone carving is highly attention paid and artistic based. The basic stone is transformed into legendary pieces with elaborated ornament work and detailed facial expressions which gives life to the stone. Few art pieces and lamp shades are interestingly made of stone with Jaali work.