Be grateful to Pallavas who contributed immensely in making Mahabalipuram jewel of Tamil Nadu. This amazing temple town is situated on the Coromandel Coast of South India facing Bay of Bengal. It houses oldest carvings in Granite.
Looking back to the history, the town is named after demon Mahabali who was killed by Lord Vishnu. Mahabalipuram was quondam port of Pallava. The city's name literally means 'city of great Bali'. Later the town was under the rule of Pallavas in 7th and 8th centuries. The Pallava King Narasimhavarman I named the city Mamallapuram which means 'city of great wrestler'. Even today, the port city is known as Mamallapuram.
Contemporarily, this archaic port town is celebrated for its stone carvings and stone temples. Thence, it is also counted as one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Site. It also celebrates culture with great enthuse. Every year classical Dance festival is held during the months of January and February. It is organized at near the stone temple. Kalakshetra is another place where one can witness aesthetic vibrant culture in the forms of paintings, musical, classical dance, music and other arts. Dakshina Chitra features the crafts of potters, artisans and weavers.
The spellbinding Shore Temple facing the Bay of Bengal is worth watching for its carvings skillfully chiseled. The temple derived its name as being situated on the shore of the port. The temple marks its presence since 8th century i.e. dating from the Pallava dynasty. Check out for marvelous modern architecture built in 8th century.
Plan your visit to this urging majestic place now!