Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Light House, Mahabalipuram

The Lighthouse at Mahabalipuram is built in 1900 on a rock nearby to Mahishasura Mardhini Cave Temple. It is constructed in such a way that it blends very well with the 7th and 9th century Pallava cave temples around it.

This is a 26m high circular stone masonry tower. The exterior surface is natural and unpainted to blend with surroundings. The light on tower was commissioned for the first time on March 1901.


The stone tower at the top has a lantern dome painted red in color.

51 comments:

joo said...

It's an impressive one!

shooting star said...

first of all, cool new look of your blog!!!

then some great photos of a lovely place!!!

nice.i have always wanted to visit mahabalipuram.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Why had I never thought that your country would have needed lighthouses? It looks much like the ones we see, many of which of course were built around the same time....but you are right that it blends very well with the much much earlier architecture. I love learning from your blog!

George said...

The lighthouse does blend with its surroundings very nicely. I'm glad they constructed it in that manner.

Sridharan said...

Nice.. A beautiful spot I liked when I visited the rock-cut-town..!

capturedalive said...

Been there, done that. Its an awesome view isn't it??

Pheno

Indrani said...

Great shots.

clairz said...

Wonderful colors in that second shot. It looks like your weather is pretty hot. Happy Skywatching!

Carver said...

I love lighthouses.

LauraX said...

beautiful!

Tina said...

Nice shots! :)

Simply Delicious said...

beautiful shots!

Liz said...

Lovely shots! Happy sky watching.

Liz @ A Simple Life

Sylvia K said...

Love the lighthouse! And such lovely skies for a backdrop! Perfect! Hope you and your family have a lovely weekend, Rajesh!

Sylvia

Judy said...

Lovely tower! The tower itself blends well with the much older buildings, almost seamlessly fitting into the landscape!

Riet said...

Beautiful photo's from your country

Photo Cache said...

this is practically "new" from 1900 compared to all the beautiful temples you feature that are centuries old.

Gary said...

Still in use Rajesh? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ladyfi said...

What a lovely lantern.

Jacob said...

It is a beautiful light house...pardon my ignorance, but what body of water is this near?

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots

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uberrhund said...

Beautiful photo!
I love Lighthouses,so handsome yet so useful.

Joyful said...

It's good to have those contrasting coloured buildings so we can see the sky. It looks awfully hot! Happy SWF.

Al said...

That is a great-looking lighthouse. There are no lighthouses within 1,000 km of me!

Team G Square said...

Wonderful place .

magiceye said...

beautiful

Krishna said...

nice info....

Luna Miranda said...

it's a nice addition to the older structure.

eileeninmd said...

I always enjoy seeing lighthouses. Greats shots, Rajesh!

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

Great Pictures!

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eden said...

Great shots. What a beautiful place to visit.

thomas said...

That's a very nice old light house.

Life Ramblings said...

a lovely lighthouse with beautiful surroundings.

alicesg said...

Very interesting to see the lighthouse, the sea must be nearby.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciation.

Jacob: The town has a sea shore in Bay of Bengal.

Gary: I think this is still in use.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

It looks like a long hike up to the base of the lighthouse!

COMPADRES

Shadows above me,
Shadows below;
Some shadows swift and
Some shadows slow;
All of these shadows,
It’s plain to see,
Are my compadres—
Sweet company!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Scissor Those Shadows!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice post and your shots, too.
Especially I like the second, with the lighthouse.

Regards!

Spiderdama said...

A very beautiful lighthouse! Here it is only white lighthouses.
Happy week to you:-)

Jeanette said...

Lovely lighthouse. It does blend well with its surroundings.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful lighthouse!

Golden champagne Mangoes is my entry, hope you can come and see. Have a nice week.

Ann said...

do they still have a light house keeper or is it computerised?

Joyful said...

I see a blue door for Blue Monday. Very nice scenes.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Amazing tower...reminds me of the light houses you see on the eastern shores of the U.S.

Pie said...

Great shots.

My Blue Monday is here.

Arti said...

Nice capture, the red color gives it a contrasting look! Loved it.

DeEpAK KaRtHiK (420) said...

Nice Snaps and yes they are gr8 places..

arunthetraveller said...

Nice post!! That lighthouse would look pleasantly beautiful in the evenings I believe...

deepazartz said...

Nice one! Love the lighthouse, very earthy feel.

Sujatha Sathya said...

i had been here in september
nice place & nice photos too Rajesh

Ranting Indian said...

Very lovely pics. Especially as a marine surveyors, light houses have a special significance for me. Plus, the first pic so reminds me of Greece :)
Aye Zindagi!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciating the old light house.