Surf breaking over the beach by the temples at Mamallapuram
Artist: Trapaud, Elisha (1750-1828)
Watercolour of a general view of the Shore Temple and beach at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, by Elisha Trapaud, c. 1805. Inscribed on front in ink: 'E.T. 1805'; on back in ink:' The Seven Pagodas. 30 Miles South of Madras.'
Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Chennai (Madras), was a flourishing port of the Pallava dynasty from the 5th - 8th centuries. The site is famous for a series of rock-cut caves and some monolithic sculptures created in the 7th century. This view shows the Shore Temple, built in the late 7th century by Rajasimha, orientated towards the east, the ocean. The temple consists of two spires; one contains a shrine for Vishnu and one for Shiva.