Located at Mahabalipuram town at Tamil Nadu state of India The Shore Temple was built-in the 7th century and it has been listed among the world heritage sites of the UNESCO. It was built-in Dravidian Style of Architecture. The shore temple is one of the oldest temple of south India and it is dedicated to Hindu lord Shiva and lord Vishnu. The temple is supposed to be built-in 700 AD, and the temple is facing the Bay of Bengal, so it is known as Shore Temple. Located at Mahabalipuram which is about 65 km. from Chennai.
Fact About The Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram
Address: Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Location: Shores of Coromandel Coast, Mahabalipuram,Tamil Nadu
Built in: 7th century (700–728 AD)
Founded By: Rajasimha
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu
Attraction: One of the oldest temple of South India
Significance: Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site
Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport just 41 km away from Shore Temple.
Nearest Railway: Chengalpattu Railway Station only 24 km away from Shore Temple.
By Bus or Road: MTC bus Routes numbers 515, 568, 568C, 588, 588B, 588C, 589 and 599 are going to Mahabalipuram from various parts of the Chennai city and also can be reached by private vehicle.
The shore temple was built by the Pallava King Narasimhavarman II in 7th century when Mahabalipuram was the trading port of the Pallava dynasty. It was built between 700–728 AD with granite blocks. This was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II. The shore temple complex has one large and two small temples. In all three temples in its complex one is dedicated lord vishnu and other two are lord Shiva. The Vishnu temples were built by Narasimha Varman I and the other two were built by Narasimha Varman II.
Entry Fee and Timing for The Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram
Open Days: Open All Days
Visit duration: 30 Minutes
Photography Fee: Rs. 25/- per person
Entry Fee for Indians: Rs. 10/- per person (includes entry fee to the Pancha Rathas)
Entry Fee for Foreign Nationals: Rs. 250/- per person (includes entry fee to the Pancha Rathas)
Entry Fee for Children below 15 years: Free
Timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The shore temple is the first Pallava structure to be constructed of stone. The shikhar of shore temple is in tiered style. The main shrine inside the shore temple complex is five chariots or the Pancha Pandava Rathas. In the shore temple there are a magnificent statue of lord Vishnu which is known as Sthala Shayana Perumal or Ananthasayana means sleeping Vishnu is very attractive. The other main attractions of the shore temple are sculptures of Narasimha and Goddess Durga also.