On Mahabalipuram beach, fishermen have been selling their fish for centuries. The small town is also full of remarkable architectural treasures.

 

 

The Shore Temple was built between 700 and 728 and it is likely that it was never in operation. Built in local granite, it suffered greatly from its proximity to the sea, due to the winds and sea salt. This explains why the statues of cows are eroded at this point. 

This temple predates the nearby Pancha Rathas, the latter being monolithic unlike the Shore Temple. The Indian government took measures to protect it from the winds and the sea. It was these measures that enabled the whole to resist the 2004 tsunami. 

This temple is dedicated to Shiva.

 

A set of monolithic monuments was carved out of the granite rock around the middle of the 7th century. 

These 5 monuments are not temples because they have never been consecrated, nor even completed. 

The monuments actually represent carts pulled by elephants.

 

 

 

about the place, Mahabalipuram:

Mahabalipuram, a small town of less than 15,000 inhabitants in Tamil Nadu in South India, was one of the major ports of the Palava kingdom from the 7th century. The city is named after King Pallava Narasimhavarman also known as Mahabali.

The city is registered with the world heritage of Unesco for its remarkable monuments, among others "the descent of the Ganges", the Pancha Rathas (5 carts, monolithic structures), temples excavated in caves.

 

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