Mahabalipuram, India: Sculpted Stone Cattle and Tourists near Sh

Mahabalipuram, India: Sculpted Stone Cattle and Tourists near Sh

Mahabalipuram, India – Local Indian tourists at the Shore Temple complex, built in the 8th Century, between 700 and 728 AD, during the reign of the Pallava King Narasimhavarman II. Sculpted cattle in stone decorate the temple on one side. 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 granite cattle, display considerable sand and wind erosion. Photo shot around noon against a blue sky with white cumulus clouds; copy space. Horizontal format. ©Mano Chandra Dhas

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