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“Ancient Temple- well preserved!!”
Review of Sea Shore Temple

Sea Shore Temple
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US$23.25*
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Private Day Tour of Mahabalipuram
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 4, 2018

The magnificent shore temple stands tall at the edge of the sea. it is a 8th Century Rock-cut structure built by the Pallava Kings. Probably one of the oldest standing structures in the world.
It is well maintained by the ASI and is surrounded by garden and the Sea.

It is a divine experience to sit on the nearby rocks and feel the peace and serenity while staring into the sea!!

Would highly recommend to history buffs !!

Thank GeetaDelhi
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

Sea Share Temple in Mahabalipuram holds a very important place in the history and the temple itself looks divine, set on the beaches of Mahabalipuram

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Reviewed March 30, 2018

Archaeological survey of India has done a marvellous job is preserving the shore temples of Mahabalipuram. As you walk through the temple compound, it literally take you back in time. the sea looks beautiful as who sit on the temple rocks. This is must-see if you are in the area!

Thank MeenakshiS355
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

Shore Temple Mahabalipuram -: About 60 km from Chennai There is the magnificent rock-cut temple of 8th CE built by Pallava Kings.it is Surrounded by sea & beautiful gardens. The two-towered Shore Temple symbolizes Pallava Architecture & Maritime ambitions of the Pallava Kings.

Thank Navjot S
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Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

Dedicated to Shiva, Sea Shore Temple is one of the oldest structures in Mahabalipuram dating back to the 700s. It has stood the test of time and the deadly tsunami of 2004. Started by the Pallavas and later continued under patronage of the Cholas, this has to a fine example of early Dravidian architecture.

**Location and parking:**
Several signs guide you to the complex, which is a well planned park with parking, restrooms, shopping and landscaped park. The public bus park is a tad messy and smelly.
Car parking is paid and limited but you will find a spot. Pay charges for the camera, is worth it.

**The temple complex** is decent walk from the parking and it can get really hot even in early March. As you walk through the winding route, you'll see the beach to the left/North, and the East, the beach and the Bay of Bengal provide grand backdrop to the majestic temple with a five story Vimana.

From a distance, the silhouettes of the unique pagoda styled Vimanas of the two temples stand out making it all seem momentarily anachronistic or even incongruous to other Dravidian structures at Mahabalipuram.

As you circumnavigate the temple, look for lion and Nandi sculptures carved along the base of the temples as well as on the boundary wall. There is a dried up fountain with a lion and Nandi statue at a level lower than the temple base, almost a shallow well on the NW end.

The smoothened surfaces and washed away portions of the temple architecture are testament to the age of the structure. The main or the first temple hosts the Garbhagudi or the sanctum sanctorum of Shiva, as Kshatriyeswara, in a wall empallened basalt stone slab.

Vendors deserve a mention. At least, the ones we visited for water and beverages charged us regular or MRP rates. Thanks to the administration for ensuring this.

**Note for ASI or management:**
When we visited, there was a film shooting on and that really messed up the place. The crew, while not pushy, kept moving people out of the field of vision of the cinema cameras. This made the wait longer and hurried. With hundreds of visitors including at least two schools at this site, maybe weekends can be spared for the public. Business can be conducted when there's less football expected.

Thank Gowrish P
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