Shore Temple

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The historic Shore Temple in Mamallapuram has achieved a significant milestone by becoming India's first Green Energy Archaeological Site.

About Shore Temple:

  • It is a historic temple complex located in Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu
  • It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
  • It was built probably in the reign of Narasimhavarman II, also known as Rajasimha (Pallava ruler) who reigned from 700 to 728 CE.
  • Shore Temple is one among a number of Hindu monuments at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of Tamil Nadu.
  • It is one of the oldest structural excellence (rock-cut) stone temples of the South India.
  • The Mamallapuram monuments and temples, including the Shore Temple complex, were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.


Key facts about UNESCO

  • UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • It is a specialized agency of the United Nations(UN).
  • The constitution, which entered into force in 1946, called for the promotion of international collaboration in education, science, and culture.
  • Headquarter: Paris, France.
  • Parent Organisation - United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • Goal: The primary goals of UNESCO are to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, and culture, and to promote sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.


Q1) Who are Pallavas?

The Pallava dynasty was an ancient South Indian dynasty that ruled parts of what is now Tamil Nadu, India.The Pallavas are known for their contributions to art, architecture, and culture in the region. They played a significant role in the history of South India and were known for their patronage of the fine arts.

Source: Tamil Nadu's Shore Temple is now India's first Green Energy Archaeological Site.