shore temples at Mahabalipuram, a coastal village 50
km south of Madras, were built in the 7th century, during
the reign of Rajasimha, and they depict the final flowering
of Pallava art. These temples are refreshingly uncluttered,
unlike later grandiose Dravidian architecture and they
tower over the waves, behind a protective breakwater.
The temple with its beautiful polygonal dome enshrines
Lord Vishnu and Shiva. These beautiful temples, ravaged
by wind and sea, were listed among the World Heritage
sites, a few years ago and they are probably the most
photographed monuments in India.