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History Of Shore Temple Mahabalipuram
Shore temple is built in 700–728 AD It’s 1300 years old temple. Because it’s beside the Seashore it’s famously known as Shore Temple. Even though the construction of this temple is started by Pallava Kings. Chola kings who defeated Pallava kings in the war continued the construction of this temples. Sailors at those times used to call this place Seven Pagodas. This means Seven Gopuras Once there used to be seven temples at this place, but only one left now. Historical pieces of evidence say the remaining six temples were submerged in the sea nearby. We have strong pieces of evidence about this fact (debris found in 2004 tsunami) all these constructions were some of the oldest Stone constructions in India. It is constructed in Dravidian Style using granite stones.
Structure Of Shore Temple Mahabalipuram
This structure is having three temples in it. We see Kshatriyasimhesvara Temple in the East. In the west, we see Rajasimheswara Temple. In the middle part of the Temple structure, we see Anantashayi Vishnu Temple. For long this temple resembles a chariot Many people say it Resembles the Chariot of Yudhishthira. Apart from these, in the north direction of this temple, near to seashore we can see Mahishasura stone. Now we will discuss more details about this temple.
We can see Kshatriyasimhesvara Shivalingam, in this temple rulers from other religions destroyed it. Now we can see it in 5ft height Originally. It was 12ft height Shivalingam we have to majorly discuss this Shivalingam. Because It’s not a normal Shivalingam. which we see in round shape everywhere. It is in hexadecane shape, having 16 equal sides. With today’s technology it’s possible to create this type of structure. But how’s it’s possible to create this kind of structure 1300 years back? It really surprises us, how one can create 16 equal sides on a single 12ft stone without any kind of error. It is really wondering to know how it is made with hands using simple tools by seeing these things. We will get many doubts. whether these people having simple advanced tools/techniques. Why these techniques did not pass on to next-generation artists?
The kalasam, Of Shore Temple Mahabalipuram
The kalasam which we see above this temple looks like it’s made up of some metal But in reality, it is made of stone. the straight machine is enough to create 16 equal-sided shiva lingam. But with what technology they have created a multi-curve 16 sided structure? as we discussed earlier, it is very tough to create 16 sided 12ft shiva lingam. Without minute error using simple tools in hands. Then how it’s possible to create a multi-curve 16 sided structure without any advanced technology at those times. Its still a big question for all of us looking from a low angle, and being on a 60-foot temple. it looks like a very small object. But the original height of this kalasam is 5-6 feet.
Why kalasam made up of Black basalt stone?
We observe is when the entire temple is built with granite, kalasam, and Shivalingam is built with black basalt stone. Why? that too this stone is not available in a 1300 km radius from Mahabalipuram. If we observe this temple properly, we will know the answer. The answer is from hundreds of years the saltwater from the nearby sea flew in the air in the form of moisture. And drizzling eroded the granite structures step by step. The damaged structures on walls are the proofs but the main structures of the temple Shivalingam & Kalasam are made of black basalt stone 1300 years before. Themselves they know that black basalt stone doesn’t get damaged by saltwater by this example we can know they have strong knowledge in the subject of chemistry.
In 14th Century Vijayanagara King Parangusa precognition that the sea behind this temple is always a serious threat to this temple in the future. So he removed the main deity Lord Vishnu from here. Built a new temple, and placed him there Even today the same deity is worshiped in this temple. Once there used to be 300 Nandhi structures around this temple. Now only 50 left On the north side of the temple stones.
We can see ancient scripts besides that in a small pond we can see the miniature temple and Varaha structures. This pond is having one unique specialty Because of water a small round hole exists here. when the nearby sea level rises the water in this pond will increase, when the nearby sea level water decreases water in this pond will get empty. Once the water from this pond is filtered and used. The place which you are seeing is once used for performing Dance and Mallayudha performances. The ruins you are seeing here are the seaport debris that used to be here long back people at those times used lime powder + sea mud as cement between the bricks.
Southside of the temple
On the south side of the temple, we can see Lion faced stone. In his heart, we can see Goddess Mahishasura Mardini on both sides. We can see female guards with bow Below this stone we can see an animal with its head cutdown by this we can say here there might be animal sacrifice tradition existed in those days we can see a big water container made up of stone here we can see perfect drainage and water recharge pits designed in 1300 years back.
All of the constructions here are constructed spaciously the steps we’re seeing had been constructed in a small and narrow size. Earlier than entering Rajasimheswara temple they’ve arranged a pit to wash our legs in the same pit. We can see two broken granite stones by this we can assume there might be a big mandapam before this temple. As per few historians at the start only Lord Vishnu temple used to be here It is called Jalasayana Vishnu Temple later during the Pallava region both Shiva temples are constructed as per few historians what we see here is very less compared to what we have lost as per them huge city submerged under the sea.
ASI – Archaeological Survey of India
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has to uncover many more facts that are still uncovered. ASI designed this place into a beautiful garden. Spending some time here with family in the evening time gives us a wonderful experience. When I am searching this place on google maps, near to shore temple. I found some waves in the middle of the sea with doubt. I have seen so many shore-side images but only here I found wave ripples in the middle of the sea.
So today we have known the History Of Shore Temple Mahabalipuram. But My doubt is, maybe these are the places where the remaining six temples existed. Only because of them these ripples are created in the middle of the sea? If what I am doubting is wrong? why these waves are created? tell me your opinion in the comment section.