The town of temples, sand and sea-Mamallapuram,
formely known as Mahabalipuram is world renowned for its beautiful Shore Temple.
It was once the main port and naval base of the great Pallava kingdom and was
later made the capital of this Dynasty.
'Mamall', meaning the great
wrestler was the name given to king Narasimha Varman I. Most of the temples here
is dedicated to the Lord Siva and Vishnu, were completed between 630 A.D and 728
A.D during the reign of Narasimha Varman II.
At the annual Mamallapuram Dance Festival ,
sand , water and temples set the backdrop for the graceful and evocative dancers
who celebrates the ancient Indian culture and tradition. This quaint little town
of Mamallapuram is enriched with ancient and splendid sculptures. Each of the
beautiful works of arts has a story to tell. Like the large bas relief that
narrates the tale of Arjuna's Penance.
Arjuna here, is shown standing on one leg to please Lord Shiva into helping him
win back the Pandava Empire.