Mahabalipuram, India: 8th Century Shore Temple; Sand and Wind Erosion.

Mahabalipuram, India: 8th Century Shore Temple; Sand and Wind Erosion.

A section of the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, built in the 8th Century, between 700 and 728 AD, during the reign of the Pallava King Narasimhavarman II. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, the temple is one of the oldest structural temples in South India. Remarkably well preserved for a temple that is over 1300 years old, it withstood the ravages of the Tsunamis of the 13th Century, and 2004. The sculpted granite in the foreground of the image show the sand and wind erosion of over 1300 years. Some sculpted cattle can be seen in the background of the image. Photo shot around noon against a blue sky with some clouds. No people; copy space. ©Mano Chandra Dhas

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