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Amaravati Andhra Pradesh
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Arjunas Penance
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B
Basilica of bom Jesus
Bekal Fort
Bolgatty Palace
Brihadeeswarar Temple
Buland Darwaza

C
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Charminar
Chettinad Palace
Chittorgarh Fort
City Palace Jaipur
City Palace Udaipur

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Dhamekstupat
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Dutch Palace

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Elephanta Caves
Ellora Caves

F
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Fort St George

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Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Gingee Fort
Golden Temple
Gol Gumbaz
Gomateshwara

Shore Temple

Shore Temples at Sunset, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Shore Temples at Sunset, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India Photographic Print
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The Shore Temple is a structural temple, built with blocks of granites, dating from the 8th century AD build on a promontory sticking out into the Bay of Bengal at Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The village was a busy port during the 7th and 8th century reign of the Pallava dynasty. The site is famous for the rock-cut caves and the sculptured rock that line a granite hill, including one depicting Arjuna's Penanceas well as for other temples in the area

Architecture

Shore Temples Reflected in Pond, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Shore Temples Reflected in Pond, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India Photographic Print
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The Shore Temple is a five-storeyed rock cut structural Hindu temple rather than monolithical as are the other monuments at the site. It is the earliest important structural temple in Southern India. Its pyramidal structure is 60 ft high and sits on a 50 ft square platform. There is a small temple in front which was the original porch. It is made out of finely cut local granite.

The temple has a garbhagriha in which the deity, Sivalinga, is enshrined, and a small mandapa surrounded by a heavy outer wall with little space between for circumambulation. At the rear are two shrines facing opposite directions. The inner shrine dedicated to Ksatriyasimnesvara is reached through a passage while the other, dedicated to Vishnu, faces the outside. The outer wall of the shrine to Vishnu and the inner side of the boundary wall are extensively sculptured and topped by large sculptures of Nandi.The temple's outer walls are divided by plasters into bays, the lower part being carved into a series of rearing lions. Recent excavations have revealed new structures here under the sand.


 

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