Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram was an important port in the Coromandel coast, developed by the Pallava kings in the 7th century AD. It was under King Narasimhavarman was fondly called Mamalla (small switch) and the place was named after him, Mamallapuram. The Rathe and Mandapas was carved out of granite rock. The mandapas of Mahabalipuram is similar to the rock-cut caves of Ajantha and Ellora. The Shore Temple was built later was smoothed and shaped stones. The influence of some foreign sculpture can be seen in the construction of temples in Mahabalipuram. Now-a-days it is a country with a sculpture in Chengalpet, Tamilnadu. The Government has established a School of Sculpture at Mahabalipuram to encourage local stone-cutters and the development of art and sculpture.

The temple town of Mahabalipuram (also Mamallapuram) is situated only 60 km off Chennai on the Bay of Bengal coast in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It extends from latitude 12 ° 37'in the north to longitude 80 ° 14'in the East. The city is well connected through a network of roads from Chennai and other major cities in South India. Many of the Resorts Mahabalipuram is strategically located near tourist sites.

Experts say that there were seven pagodas and temples on the shores of Mahabalipuram. All but one were pillaged by the rapacious sea, although there is little underwater evidence to substantiate their existence.

Most of the temples and rock carvings of this place was built during the reigns of Narsinha Varman I (AD 630-668) and Narsinha Varman II (AD 700-728). Although the first kings of Pallava dynasty were followers of Jainism led the conversion of Mahendra Varman (AD 600-630) to Shaivism most of the monuments to be related with Shiva or Vishnu.

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