Thursday, November 3, 2011

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

The tour of Mahabalipuram is not complete without a visit to the famous Shore Temple. This imposing temple is located away from other rock cut shrines. As the name suggests it is on the shore of Bay of Bengal. It is built sometime during the period of Pallava King Rajasimha (700 - 728 A.D.). It is one of the earliest structural temple in Southern part of India, very different from other rock-cut monuments in this place.

The temple has 3 sanctuaries and they are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The pyramidal structure is 60 ft high and sits on a 50 ft square platform. The roofs of the temple are capped by finials indicating that the temple was complete and functional.

Underneath the towers the walls of the temple are mostly p
lain except for the engaged columns that are carved with lion bases. At the top of the compound walls around the temple there are large sculptures of Nandi.

There is a huge rock-cut of sculpture of a lion rode by two young women in the temple premises. The lion has a small a square shaped cut in its belly with the carving of Goddess Durga.


This temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage.

49 comments:

Cloudia said...

nice!



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Krishna said...

nice post with photos

DeeBee L. said...

UNESCO is a brilliant organization that not only saves so many buildings or sites from oblivion but makes sure that they are properly restored and looked after. Beautiful temple!

arunthetraveller said...

Nice Captures!!!

joo said...

It's a beautiful place!

Team G Square said...

Wonderful temple

Carver said...

Very beautiful temple and impressive sculpture.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely blue skies and another beautiful temple! Always a delight to visit your blog and read your very interesting posts, Rajesh! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Eve said...

The buildings are just so amazing and beautiful! I'd love to see that part of the world myself! Thanks for sharing. :D

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous photos, really enjoy your travel tours with so many interesting sites.

Kim, USA said...

I am impressed of all the temples in India. My question Rajesh, are these made of cement or rocks? Happy weekend!

SWF

Donna said...

These are beautiful!!

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Liz said...

Your photos are amazing. Happy sky watching.

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Colin Campbell said...

As always beautiful and intersting.

AL said...

Thank you for sharing, I enjoy viewing the pictures and reading it's history.

Genie said...

This is such a beautiful old temple. I cannot imagine all the years it took to great it with all of its ornate carvings. Sometimes I wonder just how many truly historical temples there are in India. I know the number is huge. genie

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
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Arati said...

very nice. can never tire of seeing mahabalipuram

John said...

Beautiful structure.

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ladyfi said...

Amazing temple and stone lion!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Very interesting.

magiceye said...

very beautiful

Lakshmi said...

U know what..was just going to post Mahabalipuram, but my pics had bright blue skies and it is pouring out there, so I changed my pic :)

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful shots!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Mahabalipuram is one my favorite destinations. The shore temple architecture is typical Pallava. Please see my post on my last visit to Mahabs rock cut quarries.

http://sankriti.blogspot.com/2010/01/historical-sites-near-chennai-mamalla.html

forgetmenot said...

Another beautiful temple--I still am amazed at how old so many of the structure are. Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

Lowell said...

I like those lions being ridden by the women! Another very interesting post, Rajesh!

Gary said...

Another great tour Rajesh. Boom & Gary fo the Vermilon River, Canada.

George said...

This is another fascinating temple. I really like the color in your second photo.

FotoAnna said...

So beautiful!
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Firas said...

Informative post & Nice shots :)

eden said...

What a beautiful temple. The carvings are so impressive. Beautiful photos.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Wonderful buildings!

LV said...

Enjoy visiting and learning different things about your country.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

The sculpture at the last looks quite like a pair of fu dogs we have in our yard.


Impressive photo share.


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Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the wonderful craftsmanship of this ancient temple carved in stone.

gengen said...

They are just pretty historical buildings. Happy blue Monday....

Cheryl said...

Hello Rajesh, it is nice to visit you again. Temples carved out of rock are amazing. Thank you for sharing India with us.

Cafe au lait said...

What a beautiful structure.

Maria @ LSS said...

These are amazing!

Jeevan said...

Excellent photography on the shore temples esp. the centre one was awesome… I wish to visit this place as soon possible which has been postponing for long time.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the wonderful craftsmanship of this ancient temple.

Euroasia said...

very nice..love the way you took it!

Akshay Kumar G said...

Beautifully captured Rajesh. We have to just sit back and marvel at these amazing monuments. :)

Vetrimagal said...

Lovely, nostalgic, and evokes great pride. Remember our Tamizh author"Kalki" who penned a beautiful novel with this backdrop.

Never tired of watching these pictures.

Sujatha Sathya said...

yay i have been here

jaish_vats said...

Very nice pics!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this temple.