Mahabalipuram, India – Granite Cows; Sand and Wind Erosion

Granite cows near the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, in Tamil Nadu, South India, show the effects of Sand and Wind Erosion of 1300 years. Built in the 8th Century, between 700 and 728 AD, during the reign of the Pallava King Narasimhavarman II. the temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. I is one of the oldest structural temples in South India. It withstood the ravages of the Tsunamis of the 13th Century, and 2004. Photo shot in the afternoon sunlight against a blue sky with some clouds. No people; copy space. Horizontal format. ©Mano Chandra Dhas

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