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Sea Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram
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An exploration of Sea Shore Temple, a World Heritage Site, allows you to see how a historic trade junction became a place of worship. As you approach this 8th-century temple, notice how the site's outdoor pavilions were carved in granite rock. Dravidian architecture at its best, the shrine serves as both a popular tourist attraction and a major pilgrimage site, known for its many elaborate sculptures depicting various Hindu deities. Work out when and for how long to visit Sea Shore Temple and other Mahabalipuram attractions using our handy Mahabalipuram family vacation planner.
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  • Prepared to be awed and to here the story of how it survived the tsunami. Awesome site to visit. We went in the late afternoon which was after most of the tour buses had come and gone and I think that...  more »
  • Definitely top of the attractions list in Mamallapuram. Hard to believe this is just one piece of rock! 
  • Previous Tsunami's have washed away other temples with this one standing. The last Tsunami a few years ago brought to surface some artifacts there to see 
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  • This is a great place, a UNESCO world heritage site that depicts the ancient, historical art on the walls near the Temple. The temple has very old statues of Hindu Lord Shiva, Goddess Paravti. It also has Lord Vishnu's giant size statue in sleeping posture. The beach area around is a bit dirty, hot and humid but don't miss the Temple. Awesome for History lovers.
  • Visited many times. 7 pagoda temple referred by Marco Polo during the 7th century is awesome. Only one pagoda is left now and the rest under water. Well maintained and the beach is awesome too. It is. called shore temple and must visit if you are near by.
  • This temple was constructed by pallava king narasimha varma 1 . His other name is maha malla. Thus it is called as mahamallapuram. Now it is called as mamallapuram. There is similar temple I found in Mahabaleshwar Maharashtra. Lord Siva temple in Mahabaleshwar has similar architecture. When Siva ling is being devoted in the form of rudraksha. The temple was built by rastrakutas who ruled current Karnataka and Maharashtra. I think they built the Siva temple by inspiring the pallava architecture. I feel proud when I seen Dravidian style architecture even in Maharashtra which was not the case in general.
  • Standing like a magnificent fist of rock-cut elegance overlooking the sea, the two-towered Shore Temple symbolises the heights of Pallava architecture and the maritime ambitions of the Pallava kings. Its small size belies its excellent proportion and the supreme quality of the carvings, many of which have been eroded into vaguely Impressionist embellishments. Built under Narasimhavarman II in the 8th century, it's the earliest significant free-standing stone temple in Tamil Nadu. The two towers rise above shrines to Shiva and their original linga (phallic symbols of Shiva) captured the sunrise and sunset. Between the Shiva shrines is one to Vishnu, shown sleeping. Rows of Nandi (Shiva's vehicle) statues frame the temple courtyard.
  • A Very Beautiful Shiva Temple. This temple was excavated and it is well maintained by the archeological survey of India. Pls keep the ticket you buy here. The same ticket can be used at other temples Like the Five Raths. Good time to visit would be evenings. Extremely hot otherwise. Very popular with tourists. Visit the light house after this.