Shore Temple
Mahabalipuram • India

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Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, India
Mahabalipuram is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains the impressive Shore Temple and several other important monuments and structures such as mandapas, rathas and beautifully sculpted reliefs. The site is also a popular pilgrimage location.

One of the most significant structures is the Shore Temple which was built around the 7th and 8th century by Narasimha Varman II Rajasimha and features many bas reliefs and three shrines one is dedicated to Vaishnava and two are for Saiva. There were originally seven temples built which were known as the Seven Pagodas but due to the close proximity to the Bay of Bengal the other 6 are now submerged.

There are two small hills at Mahabalipuram, one hill contains several stone Temples known as Mandapas and one temple cut out of a rock known as a Ratha which was designed to look like a chariot.

On the opposite hill there are five more Rathas or stone temples which are known as Draupadi, Arjuna, Sahadeva, Bhima Rath and Dharamraja, they are positioned in order of height and in front of the temples are positioned an Elephant and Lion that have each been sculptured out of a rock.

Attraction Location Guide
The Temples and pavilions of Mahabalipuram are located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu in India.