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Shore Temple is a standing testimonial to the regal heritage of India. Located at Mahabalipuram, Shore Temples can easily be reached by taking regular buses or by hiring taxis from anywhere in Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is located at Chennai that lies at a distance of 60 kms from Mahabalipuram. One of the most photographed monuments in India, Shore Temple is a structural monument on the shores of Bay of Bengal.
Getting off at Chennai central from an air-conditioned compartment is like falling from tundra to equator. Then the taxi drivers appearing from no where in the melee and trying their luck in Hindi! Chennai and Hindi! Probably wooing customers is the only reason why people speak in Hindi and then fleece you if you respond to them in Hindi. Without caring much for them, we went to the prepaid taxi stand and got our tickets to Mylapore and got into two autos, which drove us straight to Andavam Ashramam on Desiga road and the driver was successful in making us pay up more.
Post lunch, we booked a taxi to Mamallapuram, a city 60km away from Chennai and better known as Mahabalipuram. The drive on East Coast Road (ECR) was very smooth, undoubtedly TN roads are much better than those in Karnataka. We had a short stopover at crocodile park, a center for herpetology, which houses varieties of species of crocodiles, few snakes, tortoises and fishes. Our next stop was at the parking lot of the famous "Five Rathas" archeological site in Mahabalipuram.
Mallikarjuna Temple is a smaller version of the Virupaksha temple and was built by Vikramadiyta's second queen Trilokyamahadevi in 745. This temple is also was constructed by Rani Trilokyamahadevi to celebrate the victory (by Vikramaditya II) over the Pallavas. The Mallikarjuna temple was built immediately after and close to the Virupaksha temple (It has a similar plan), with a 4 storeyed vimana with a circular griva and sikhara. Mallikarjuna temple in Dravidian style.
Kapaleeswarar Temple is very beautiful Temple with Dravidian classic sculpture and architecture. Fragmentary inscriptions, but the current structure has been renovated, built by Vijayanagara rulers of 16th century. 37 meters and the gate. And under a Punnai tree, is a small shrine dedicated to goddess Parvathi and showing her worshiping Siva in disguise of a Peacock. This is from the legend that the Mylapore is derived from the meaning of ‘ Peacock myil ‘ and ‘ oor ‘ meaning town. There is a large tank on the West side of the temple. Bramhamotsvam or ‘ Arupathumoovar ‘ Festival during April and May,
When this movement was at its peak in Northern and Central parts of India, the Southern part of India was still untouched as far as the knowledge of such usage of rocks is concerned. The Chalukyas of Badami in modern Karnataka were the first to build a rock-cut shrine in South India in the latter half of 6th century at Aihole. The Pallavas of Kanchipuram were the first who introduced this form of art in Tamilnadu about a century after the Chalukyas.
Mahendravarman (580-629 BCE), one of the great Pallava rulers, is attributed as the initiator of this form of art in Tamilnadu.
Yes it is 100% a green disaster. It should have been prevented if a little care has been taken by \"cutting the branches of the trees\" before cyclone attack. NDRF forces have arrived at Vizag 4 or 5 days earlier. ...
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