The Shore Temple – Mamallapuram

I headed to the beach to catch the sea breeze on a sweltering thirty-four degree afternoon. Wading into the warm ocean offered some relief when I spied the Shore Temple on an outcrop of land jutting into the Bay of Bengal.

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One of many sacred cows on top of a wall

This granite Vishnu temple from the seventh century was designated a heritage site a few decades ago. While it had suffered from wind and salt, it still appeared in good condition considering when it was built.

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Passage way that extended right around the inner sanctuary
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The Shore Temple, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu

I was lucky to visit when there weren’t too many others within the litter free grounds.

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