The Shore Temple
The Shore Temple Mamallapuram Reviews
Must see Sea shore temple Nov 10, 2010
Though I have been a resident of Chennai, I never got a chance to see the splendor of Mahabalipuram and the ancient carvings which are well over 1300 years old.
Now that the whole town has been declared a UNESCO heritage site, the monuments are very well kept and carefully maintained. Since there are a lot of reviews on this temple, I will provide you with some practical tips.
1. Try to go in early morning, so you can avoid the heat, crowds and catch a glimpse of the early morning sun! Worth watching as its on the East side.
2. Get a all inclusive one pass which is Rs 250 for foreigners and Rs 10 for locals. Also, buy an official publication of the sites and its history, by the Archeological survey of India (ASI).It is Rs 99 and more than worth money you spend.
3. A tour guide would set you back by Rs 300 for seeing all the sites or you can read the book you buy at the ASI counter.
4. If possible, also try to take a catamaran ride into the sea to catch a glimpse of the other temples that the sea has claimed. I have done it a while ago and not sure of the current costs.
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One of the oldest structural temples of Southern India Sep 13, 2008
This small, but romantic Shore Temple faces the Bay of Bengal, but is enclosed by a fence. The temple has been weathered by sea and wind, but that’s no surprise if you realize that it was built in the 8th century AD. It is one of the oldest structural (versus (rock-cut) stone temples of Southern India.
The temple is a combination of three shrines. The main shrine, and the smaller second shrine are dedicated to Shiva. A small third shrine is dedicated to a reclining Vishnu. It’s possible that this shrine with Vishnu had water channeled into the temple. The outer wall of the shrine to Vishnu and the inner side of the boundary wall are extensively sculptured and topped by large shrines of Nandi, Shiva’s bull.
Part of the Southern India 2008 travel blog
Part of the list The essentials of Southern India