Mahabalipuram: An Architectural Marvel

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For those who don’t know about the last Standing architectural structure of the Pallava dynasty, Mahabalipuram is a temple town in Tamil Nadu; which was a major seaport between fourth and ninth century A.D.

Mahabalipuram has a major significance in the history books as the legendary traveller Marco Polo mentioned in his travelogue about the “Seven Temples” out of which the sea swallowed six. Mahabalipuram is the last remaining temple. The 2004 Tsunami provided proof to the tale as remains of structures were discovered in the sea near the Mahabalipuram seashore.

Primary structures of Mahabalipuram like the Rathas and Mandapas were constructed in the seventh century A.D., Mahabalipuram proudly boasts of being a Natural UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Panch Ratha temple is a must-see place in Mahabalipuram, which are Chariot Shrines carved out of granite Stone. The shrines are named after the Pandavas, but the history behind the inception of the Panch Ratha temple is long lost.

Each temple of Mahabalipuram is carved out of a single rock. Indian history is so rich, and our ancestors knew how to cut stones on a genius level.

The shore temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is an intricate structure with inscriptions and carved murals. Mahabalipuram will take you to a place where you can relive the history left behind by the Pallava Dynasty.