Mahabalipuram shore temple

Mahabalipuram shore temple

Mahabalipuram shore temple

By the coast of Coromandel, Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu

This fragment of sculptural excellence leading to the side of the Bay of Bengal is a symbol of Mahabalipuram. A broken temple, pillars, chariots, and many pieces of art have been made by digging on very glorious rocks. Every section here is commendable. It’s unique and gorgeous and its charm is magical. This is the Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram.

This great composition is of the 8th century and it was manufactured by Pallava King Narasimha Verman II, when Mahabalipuram was the trading port of the Pallava dynasty. The Shore Temple is counted among the oldest stone temples of southern India and it was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Mahabalipuram temple

There are three temples in the Shore Temple which are situated near each other, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The main temple is a five-storey structure dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is made of granite. The main attraction of the Shore Temple is the Five Rath or Punch Pandav Raths, four of which are named after the Pandavas and the fifth Draupadi is known as the Rath. Talking about the aesthetic excellence of artisans at that time, each of these chariots is vast and different from each other.

The Shore Temple is situated on the seashore of Mahabalipuram. This temple is an example of ancient architectural art. This temple represents the great art of the mythological period. The construction of the Shore Temple took place around 700-728 AD. Now this coastal town has become a part of the Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) UNESCO World Heritage.

Mahabalipuram shore templeMahabalipuram shore temple

Lord Shiva and Vishnu

The Shore Temple is the temple of Lord Shiva and Vishnu Ji, hence you will also see Shivling from the Puranic period in the temple.

Beautiful animal statue

The Shore Temple was built by the Pallava kings, later many other idols such as cow, bull, durga and lion were created in the temples by the people of the Chola dynasty, which are very amazing to see.

Mahabalipuram history [ mythology ]

According to mythological realm, this place was the capital of the demon king of Hiranyakashyap, which was inherited by his grandson and King Bali, the son of Bhakta Raj Prahalad. King sacrifices were considered more for their charity than their strength, tenacity, glory and glory. Once upon a time, Lord Vishnu sought only three steps from him in the form of a Brahmin to donate his land, but when the whole earth was measured in just two and a half steps by the Vaman incarnation of Brahmin, Mahadani Raja Bali To keep their feet, they made their head forward.

It is said that the velocity and weight of the feet of Lord Vamnavatar were so much that the king sacrificed his land under the state of his kingdom and went to the underworld and this is why Raja sacrificed the rule of the people in this way till today. Other temples in this velocity were submerged.

Some temples immersed in the sea are so charming that tourists come from far and wide to see them. Located here on the east side of King Street, more than 3,000 statues of local artists can be seen in this museum. The statues placed in the museum are made of bronze, bronze, wood and cement. There is a Krishna Pavilion here.


This temple is one of the temples constructed by cutting the initial stones of Mahabalipuram. There is a glimpse of the rural life on the walls of the temple. In one of the pictures Lord Krishna is shown taking up the mountain of Govardhan on the finger. Here, these chariots are called Pandav chariots in the name of the five Pandavas of Mahabharata. Four of the five chariots have been carved on a single rock. Draupadi and Arjun are in the shape of the chariot class. There is a Bhim chariot. Dharmaraj Rath is the highest.

Entry fee for Shore Mandir and five chariots:

  • 10 rupees for Indian citizens
  • 5 US dollars for foreign nationals
  • Free for children under 15 years of age
  • Time: 6am to 6pm

Quick tips:

  • Admission to nearby monuments is free.
  • Photography is allowed and for videography a person has to pay 25 rupees.
  • Sales of entry tickets are closed at 5:30.
  • It is best to go to Shore Temple during sunrise and sunset.
  • Discover the wonders of this architecture and discover your singular charm. Do not forget to take your camera so that you can take a lot of photos to capture every attraction here.

Punch Rath

Punch RathMahabalipuram shore temple

Punch Rath or Punch is a beautiful monument named Rath, which is situated in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, in the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. This complex was constructed by Mahendra Verman I and son Narasimha Verman first in the 7th century.

The five monuments of the pirate chariot are made in a manner similar to the chariot, which are made by digging all the granite stones. It has been built towards north-south direction. This chariot looks like a temple to look at. In it, artwork is also seen showing the story of Mahabharata. All these nights are in big size like this – Dharamraj Rath, Bhim Rath, Arjun Ratha, Nakul Sahadev Ratha and Draupadi Ratha.

The Tiger Caves

The Tiger CavesMahabalipuram shore temple

These caves are one of the finest works of Mahabalipuram that look like small caves in view. There are no truth lions in these caves. Outside these there are statues of stone lining of stone, due to which it was named Tiger Caves. This was also made by Pallava kings.


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