The Shore Temple at Mamallapuram, worked amid the rule of the Pallava King Rajasimha (c. 700 - 728), is the most punctual vital auxiliary sanctuary in Southern India.
Its three havens are devoted to Vishnu and Shiva. Unmistakable in this photograph are the sanctuary dividers, bested by substantial figures of Nandi, and its two soak pyramidal towers topped by octagonal vaults. As its name recommends, the Shore Temple ignores the Bay of Bengal (Mamallapuram was the port city of Kanchipuram, the Pallava capital). Its area, so close to the ocean, has brought about impressive disintegration of the sanctuary's superstructure.