The shore temples of Mahabalipuram is located in Chengalpattu district of Tamil Nadu. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temples hold exquisite architecture and out of the world depictions from distant history.

It is one of the two main Pallava Cities which served as an international Sea Port. Narasimhavarman I is said to be the builder of these temples. He was also known as Mahabali.

The contemporary town plan was borrowed by the British in 1827 from this historical city. Even the coins from China, Greece and Roman Empires were found in this area that evidently says this place served as an epicentre for diverse cultures.

The Temple is said to be much Ancient in various Tamil Poems and this place was once under the rule of King Thondaman Thiraiyer of Kanchipuram.  

The temples chiefly portray the scenes from The Mahabharata including various races of humans, Men, Nagas and Yakshas in the carvings. The carvings still baffle the modern researches with its advanced depictions of various cultures.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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