The Shore Temple (built in 700–728 AD) is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. At the time of its creation, the site was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty. As one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 It is one of the oldest structural (versus rock-cut) stone temples of South India
Historians opine that it was initailly bult as a small stone shrine for God Vishnu by King Narasimha in the 7th century. The image of of God Vishnu in the reckining position can still be seen in this temple. Later on Nrasaimhavarman the second also known as Rajasimhan rebuilt this temple for God Shiva in its present form during his reign in the 8th century.
Visited Mahabaliputram for a short while after a long time and got these four photographs.
Guestbook for Shore Temple @ Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu State, India
S R RAMESH,(non-registered)
Dear Shankar da, can't stop admiring the power of your lens. Each grain is crystal clear even when taken from a reasonable distance. Magnificent temple. Ye dil maange more !!! four is just like skirting with history rather than delving.