The Shore Temple, Mamallapuram.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a modern temple in the village at Mamallapuram, from an Album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1860s. Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Madras, was a flourishing port of the Pallava dynasty during the 7th-8th centuries. The Shore temple on a promontory by the sea, was built in the 8th century by Rajasimha (c.700-728). The twin granite towers glorify Shiva and there is an earlier image of Vishnu in the middle of the two Shiva shrines. Both shrines carry Somaskanda (a composite for of Shiva with his consort Parvati, and son Skanda) reliefs on the wall. The temple has a low boundary wall, with row of seated Nandis surrounding it.