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#1 of 25 Places To Visit in Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
entry fee
per person (for Indians; it includes entry fee to the Pancha Rathas)
per person (for Foreign Nationals; it includes entry fee to the Pancha Rathas)
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
Around 30 Minutes

about shore temple

Built as a testament to Mamallapuram’s might as a busy port during the times of Pallava king Narasimhavarman, Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, is one of India’s oldest structural stone temples. Built in the 8th century out of massive slabs of granite, the temple is really a religious complex housing three temples, situated on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal.

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram houses the main shrine, which is a five-storied temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In between the main temple and the other smaller temple dedicated to Lord Shiva as well, is the shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu, represented in his reclining form. The entire complex and the temples themselves are glorious exemplars of Dravidian architectural style and are replete with incredible ornamentation, carvings, sculptures and mythical figures. Circling the complex is a wall carved with images of Yali (mythical tiger like creature), Varahas (boar) and Nandi, the bull (Lord Shiva’s mount).

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