Yesterday I visited Shore Temple after 10 years, This makes it my second visit to here and I have witnessed changes in development of adjoining areas, gardens, shopping place, and number of visitors. It was like a time wrap for me. I arrived in the evening time as I had desired to spent time in the setting sun. Shore Temple is one of the finest example of rock cut architecture and have stood the test of the time and the powerful sea and its salty winds that have corroded once beautifully carved statues and other carvings on the exterior walls. Its the central piece of a huge temple complex, much of which has been lost to times but you can still feel the gigantic size of it by walking at the exteriors, searching for the holes where once mighty pillars would have stood.
For a historians, its a slow decay of history in progress. Now with the ASI working to preserve and maintain it and creation of nice platforms and gardens, this historical site has got a facelift and is a must visit. It is incredible to think that from this place, once mighty ships have traveled extensively to south east Asia bringing trade, commerce, religion, and culture with them to the faraway lands. Thereby interconnecting the both sides of the Bay of Bengal culturally, religiously, and spiritually. A visitor have to just spent sometime and think about it. Though major problem is of a nice cafeteria which if ASI can open within its complex, it will be a great relief for visitors to enjoy the setting sun, crashing sea waves on the rocks. So, travelers carry some food items with you as you will only get different kind of soft drinks but not much to eat in case you reached their empty stomach.
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