Mahabalipuram – ‘Pallava’ remains.

About: One of the oldest structure standing in maha- balipuram (now Mamallapuram, I still like the old name). There are supposed to be seven temples and all of them submerged. The rest six are still under water. During Indira Gandhi’s visit, she promised to offer national monument status, she did. Now this is the only temple standing on the beach. All the precautions are taken, that the ocean king does not invade this. Still the salty sea doing its work, its ruining the beauty of the wall without even touching it. Once in year chemical treatment is done to remove all the salt from the walls.

The temple was badly hit by Tsunami, and also by British Queen (locals tell she has taken the golden ‘Shiva Linga’ hundred years back ). you can also see remaining of a port 1300 year old. These kinds of docks south east coast only used to make trade with Srilanka and south East Asian countries.

Place: once submerged now protected temple. Gods are Shiva (linga) and ananthashayana. And don’t miss the scripture in ‘pali’ ‘language carved in pedestals. ‘Pali’ was the official language of ‘Pallavas’.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

10 thoughts on “Mahabalipuram – ‘Pallava’ remains.

  1. […]I think that this article describes very interesting problem and added it to my blog.
    About: One of the oldest structure standing in maha- balipuram (now Mamallapuram, I still like the old name). There are supposed to be seven temples and all of them submerged. During Indira Gandhi?s visit, she promised to offer national monument status, she did[…]

    Like

  2. […]I think that this article describes very interesting problem and added it to my blog.
    About: One of the oldest structure standing in maha- balipuram (now Mamallapuram, I still like the old name). There are supposed to be seven temples and all of them submerged. During Indira Gandhi?s visit, she promised to offer national monument status, she did[…]

    Like

  3. […]I think that this article describes very interesting problem and added it to my blog.
    About: One of the oldest structure standing in maha- balipuram (now Mamallapuram, I still like the old name). There are supposed to be seven temples and all of them submerged. During Indira Gandhi?s visit, she promised to offer national monument status, she did[…]

    Like

  4. Hi,

    Couple of corrections. the tsunami revealed a lot of the earlier buried portions. due to stone wall put up, it did not affect the shoretemple. there are no historic records of 7 temples – the earliest stone inscritions talk of the shoretemple being a composite one – a shiva srine and a vishnu shrine only. pali was not the script of the pallavas – the correct one is Pallava grantam – which is old tamil. lastly the british did not take any golden lingam – the lingam and the nandhi ( not of the shore temple) but of the current ganesh ratha – were taken away during 1780 -1790 by two governor. dont want to name them here. but they did pay compensation to the villagers for this. the current ganesh idol is a new addition ( infact except for a small carving of ganesh in the shore temple) there is no statue of him in the mamallapuram complex.

    rgds
    vj

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s