Best time to visit8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to doworship
BudgetIndians- INR 10 (Includes entry to Pancha Rathas), Foreigners- INR 250 (including entry to Pancha Rathas)
Best MonthsJune - February
Rank7 out of 32 attractions in Mahabalipuram
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this complex is made up of one large and two small temples. These were built during the the 8th Century AD during the time of King Narasimhavarmana II. This place during that time was an important port and a center for trade and business activities. This is known as the Shore Temple Complex as this is very close to the sea and a part of the coastal area on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. People who visit this place make sure to take a dip in the sea before worshipping here.
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Named hence as it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal, the Shore Temple rises powerfully upwards and outwards in full Pallava glory, with elegant Dravidian-style carvings and sculptures featured across the temple structure.
Shore Temple: This temple is about 1200 years old and overlooks the Bay of Bengal and is located right on the shores. It has stood the test of time including the tsunami of 2004. The temple is made from rocks and has some beautiful carvings inside and around it. One can see remains of the large public baths made for the temple. This site has a nominal entry fee as well.
A very famous temple, abode of Lord Shiva
The history of the temple states that Ravana received the atmalinga, from Shiva, and was not to be placed on the ground as it would establish itself where placed on earth. On his way back to Lanka, Ravana stops for his evening prayers at Gokarna. Ganesha, came disguised as a Brahmin boy and told Ravana that he will hold the atmalinga until Ravana finishes his prayers. As soon as he receives the atmalinga, Ganesh promptly puts it down. This small structure, atma linga, is the essence of the temple.
One of the oldest temples in South India, this scenic temple stands on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, enclosed by a row of bulls carved out of rock. It is listed as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India and has shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods, Vishnu and Shiva.
The trademark location of Mahabalipuram, make sure you click yourself beside it.
But detour was what we took. We decided to sit down and recheck our schedules and listings. So instead of crouching under a coconut tree we checked the map and boarded a bus for Mahabaleshwar. As water drizzled down the mysterious Shivalinga, we took a few minutes breathing in the purity of tulip scented air. The detour was successful as we were able to chalk out our agendas and sort out our remaining cash. Believe in God ? Doesn't really matter. The air will recharge you for the following Monday.
This temple is considered to be one of the most pious temples of Lord Shiva in not just South India but in the entire country. As the name suggests the temple here is dedicated to Lord Mahabaleshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is located between the Gangavali and Agnashini river mouth. Gokarna means "cow's ears". This name is derived from the ear-shaped meeting of the two rivers. The name also comes from some stories in Hindu mythology. You should definitely interact with the locals, who will more than happily tell you the stories of the Atma Linga and Ravana from Hindu mythology. You shouldn't miss this place if you want to see typical Hindu temple rituals with religious practice performed by priests. This small town has been famed for this sacred temple. It has a small hole at its center from where devotees can see the top of the Shiv Linga. The old architecture of this place is created with granite stones and a carved stone image of Lord Shiva in a standing position is said to be 1500 years old.
The ruins of the Temple transport you back to the ancient times. With the sea and sand as the backdrop, the place is just amazing.
The Shore temple is a complex of three temples, one large and two small, located right at the shore of the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It is believed that there were seven magnificent temples known as the seven pagodas, built near the sea shore. But the lonely survivor is the shore temples.