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HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
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South India: Gallery 21a
TEMPLE 3: Shore Temple II
Exploring the Interior
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The temple is a combination of three shrines.  The main shrine is dedicated to Shiva as is the smaller second shrine. A small third shrine, between the two, is dedicated to a reclining Vishnu and may have had water channeled into the temple, entering the Vishnu shrine. The two Shiva shrines are orthogonal in configuration. The entrance is through a transverse barrel vault gopuram. The two shikharas have a pyramidal outline, each individual tier is distinct with overhanging eaves that cast dark shadows. The outer wall of the shrine to Vishnu and the inner side of the boundary wall are extensively sculptured and topped by large sculptures of Nandi The temple's outer walls are divided by plasters into bays, the lower part being carved into a series of rearing lions. 

In the distance, beyond a fence, we were surprised to see the beach that we had visited last evening.

After the Shore Temple we were pretty much templed-out so it was back to the hotel and to Neelam Restaurant where Sue-On ordered an English breakfast. It was 135 rupees and included pure unsweetened watermelon juice, hot strong coffee, two eggs (one sunny side up and one over), hot toast, and a little bowl of beans. Bill didn't want breakfast -- he's never been much of an early morning eater -- so Sue-On picked up a big mango on the corner for 30 rupees.  This he enjoyed.


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GALLERY 21a
SHORE TEMPLE MAHABALIPURAM

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