Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
South India: Gallery 21
TEMPLE 3: Shore Temple
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The last temple in our morning prowl was the Shore Temple.
Much of has been excavated, but only one of seven temples is visible
because the rest are under sea level. The Shore Temple overlooks the shore
of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite,
dating from the 8th century AD. It was built on a promontory sticking out
into the Bay of Bengal.
The Shore Temple is a five-storeyed structural Hindu
temple. It is the earliest important structural temple in Southern India.
Its pyramidal structure is 20m high and sits on a 17m square platform.
There is a small temple in front which was the original porch. It
is made out of finely cut local granite. Recent excavations have revealed
new structures here under the sand.
At the time of its creation, the village was a busy
port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II. Chinese and Roman coins from
the 4th century CE have been found revealing the port as an active hub
of global trade in the late classical period. As one of the Group of Monuments
at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is one of the oldest structural (versus rock-cut) stone temples of South
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