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Shore Temple

Shore Temple, a Dravidian style stone-built shrine, is situated at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.

The temple was built around the 7th century by the Pallavas. It has many sculptures and the image of lion, which were the symbol of their regime.

This beautiful temple is dedicated to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. It has a square lower storey and a pyramidal superstructure. The loom is more tapering than the monolithic structures. A 16-sided polished shivling is located in the bigger shrine. The inner walls of the Shiva shrine feature Somaskanda panels.

There are two vimanas, Ksatriyasimheswara that faces east and the smaller Rajasimheswara facing west dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Vishnu griha, called the Narapatisimha Pallava Vishnugriha, is a mandap between these vimanas.

Updated on 9th June, 2005
District: Kanchipuram
Location: Mahabalipuram    


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