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“Another charge?”
Review of Sea Shore Temple

Sea Shore Temple
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Private Tour: Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuarm Full-Day Tour from Chennai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Another charge?”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Once you've fought your way past the tat-sellers, you are presented with yet another request for payment before you get to the shore temple. Don't bother. Instead, see all the other stone sculptures in Mamallapuram (which you paid for on entry into the town).

Visited October 2012
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bangalore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“tempel with sea view”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

This place is close to Chennai ( Madras ) city and is well connected with public transport also, the road journey is very good which passes next to the sea shore. This place is famous for the temple which is next to the sea shore a very ancient monument, apart from this temple there are rock cut caves, in one of the caves there are carvings of human beings and animals cut in the cave rock itself and next to one of the cave there is a carving which is full of sculptures of human beings and elephants which is a sight to be seen and there is big ball shaped rock which is standing near to the slope of the mountain without rolling down, this is a natures marvel.
Apart from this caves and temple this town is also famous for rock cutters community which cut shapes of various design through rocks, some of these rock cutters do customized rock cutting also if you show the photograph to them and if you are ready to pay what they demand.There are lot of hotels where staying and food is not a problem, the tourist get a variety of cuisine here to choose from, hotels depend on the tourists budget. The only problem a tourist can face will be the language problem. Apart from this Mahabalipuram is a perfect tourist place even for those who are not interested in history of these monuments, they can enjoy in the sea

Visited January 2013
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Much Better”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

I first visited this temple in 1987 and have been back many times but not for 15 years. I am impressed with the care that has been taken with teh grounds which altogether makes it a more attractive visit.

Visited September 2012
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Kurukshetra, India
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“Majestic Structural Temple”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Only surviving masonary temple out of seven,built by Narasimha Varman II in early 8th century,well maintained by ASI, good pavements,lush green gardens,all around iron fencing, towards seasidelarge boulders to protact from seawaves
Two rock-cut temple . Main temple facing East &Sea is dedicated to Lord Shiva,also called Kshatriyasimha Pallavesvara--in this a broken shiva linga of granite & behind it Somaskanda is
carved on back panel. opposite side of this temple has a cell without linga but here Somaskanda panel is black due to pouring of oil by devotees
Second temple is dedicated to God Vishnu,lying on ground without serpent couch,conch,discus
Few interesting sculptures are as
1--Durga's Lion Goddess Durga is sitting on right hind leg of lion,lion's chest has a square cut in which again a carving of Durga
2--Boar monolith- have front face of boar, body of elephent, legs of cow
3-- Approx 108 Nandi bulls in compound
U can see these in photographs.
Few things to mention r
Entry ticket of Rs10 for Indians,Rs 250 for Foreighners
Toilets r there
Sunrise & sunset views unbelievable
On both side r beach & resorts
Annual dance festival is held in its lawns for a month

Visited December 2012
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delhi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“past & present”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

past is great, temple , architecture, design.Now not so good.The place - lot of shops, like a park! the temple is magnificent , the arjuna penance , history , sculpture and the artists - all unique and should be seen

Visited December 2012
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