The Shore Temple – Mamallapuram

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

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.

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

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

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