4. Shore Temple @ 5:40PM - This is one of the best sites of Mahabalipuram. This temple get closed at 5:45PM. So, make sure you are on-time as this site cannot be missed. A temple on the beach i.e Shore Temple . I wanted to visit this place ever since I say the image of temple on the 5/- Stamp during my school days.
.Shore Temple Mahabalipuramhe Shore Temple (built in 700–728 AD) is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is located near Chennai in Tamil Nadu.It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. At the time of its creation, the site was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty. As one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984
Shore TempleShore Temple Was Built By Pallavas Under The Reign Of Narasimhavarman 2 In 8Th Century, It Is One Of The Oldest Rock Cut Stone Temple In South India, It Is Built With Granite.Shore Temple Is Also Called As Seven Pagodas, As The Temple Looked Like A Pagoda, Ships In That Time Used Them As A Landmark For Navigation.Temple Is A Combination Of Three Shrines, Main Shrine And Two Small Shrines Dedicated To Lord Shiva And Vishnu.This Temple Complex Was The Last One In Group Of Temples That Seemed To Exist In The Submerged Coastal Line.Shore Temple Has Been Classified As A Unesco World Heritage Site In 1984 Under The Group Of Monuments In Mahabalipuram.Mamallapuram Dance Festival Takes Place Every Year During December To January, Dancers Will Be Performing At The Temple.Temple Timings - 6 Am To 6 Pm Entry Fee - 40 Rs - Indians ; 600 Rs - Foreigners ; Video - 25 RsThings Photographers Should Know This Is Unesco World Heritage Site , Most Of The People Visit Mahabalipuram Just For This Place What I Am Trying To Say Is Its Crowded Most Of The Days Especially Weekends , So If You Want To Get Some Wonderful Shots Go Before Everyone Else By Sunrise Or Stay Late Till Evening And Request The Guard To Take Some More Shots .Sunrise To Get Inside The Temple You Need To Wait Till The Gate Opens And Take Tickets And Get Verified By Guards But You Can Get The Perfect View Of Sun Rising Above The Temple Tower From The Gate Itself But You Need To Use Zoom Lens 70 - 200 Mm Or 300 Mm.Sunset Sun Sets Infront Of The TempleTemple Complex Has A Pond On The Left Side Of The Temple Which Can Give You Some Good Reflection Shots Of Shore Temple.Although Availability Of Water Is Not Consistent There Is A Chance If It Rains.Temple Is Surrounded By Walls On Which Nandi’s Are Carved, You Can Get A View Through Entrance From The Opposite Of Temple Entrance.
Our first destination was Mahabalipuram. It is famous for shore temple, which stood still, undamaged by 2004 tsunami, Panch rathas, Rock Reliefs and manymore. As weather was not good we visited only shore temple and had a glimpse of the rock reliefs from car window. Entry fee for Shore Temple and Panch rathas is 10 INR for Indians and 250 INR for foreigners.  Shore temple was a Dravidian style temple constructed by Pallava kings around 8thcentury. It is one of UNESCO world heritage site. It is believed that the temple probably acted as a landmark for navigation of the ships.The temple is built by granite blocks and main shrine is Lord Shiva. The temple structures, affected by rough Sea and winds with salt content. There are Nandi carvings on temple wall. This place looks like a painting with sea back drop. Prayers are not being offered here. So there was no dress code. Heavy rains didn’t allow us to explore the temple. We rushed back to our car to avoid getting drenched.