The Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in the 7th century. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, about 60 kilometers south of Chennai, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The Shore Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu and is considered an important example of Dravidian architecture. It is named for its location on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. The temple is constructed of granite and consists of two shrines, one dedicated to Shiva and the other to Vishnu. The shrines are connected by a common mandapam (hall), which is decorated with sculptures and carvings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.
The Shore Temple is known for its intricate carvings and sculptures, which depict scenes from Hindu mythology. The temple is also notable for its stone-cut lamps, which were used to light the temple during ancient times.
The Shore Temple is a popular tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram and attracts visitors from all over the world who are interested in its rich cultural and historical heritage. It is an important symbol of the cultural and artistic achievements of the Pallava dynasty, which ruled the region in the 4th to 9th centuries.