Mahabalipuram, India – 8th Century Shore Temple Interior Circumambulatory Passage

Shore Temple 18

The interior circumambulatory passage on one side of the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, built in the 8th Century, between 700 and 728 AD, during the rign of the Pallava King Narasimhavarman II. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, the temple, built entirely of granite stone, is one of the oldest structural temples in South India. It survived the Tsunamis of the 13th Century and 2004. The effects of sand and wind erosion of over 1300 years can be clearly seen on the granite stone. Photo shot in the afternoon sunlight; vertical format. No people. ©Mano Chandra Dhas

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