History set in stone at 1400-year-old Shore Temple

The 1400-year-old Shore temple and Pancha Rathas showcase masterful stonework that leaves the visitor spellbound.


The 1400-year-old Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram is named so because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a five-storeyed structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating back to the 8th century AD. The temple houses two shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and one for Lord Vishnu. It is one of the oldest structural temples of significance in South India. The walls of the temple have many carved panels, some showcase scenes from the Pallavan history, while others depict Lord Shiva in his various avatars