Mukunda Nayanar Temple, Mahabalipuram

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  • The temple is said to have got excavated from 12 feet deep sandy soil at the Northern end of the Mamallapuram Archaeological Monuments complex, just opposite to the entrance of the present Adayar... 
    The temple is said to have got excavated from 12 feet deep sandy soil at the Northern end of the Mamallapuram Archaeological Monuments complex, just opposite to the entrance of the present Adayar...  more »
  • the place is very neat and holy.The place has a positive energy on the visit to this hindu temple on the tour. 
    the place is very neat and holy.The place has a positive energy on the visit to this hindu temple on the tour.  more »
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  • It has been closed..! It was a temple in simplest form, built in Pallava Dynasty period.
  • Poor maintenance = 4 star. If you are entering the Mamallapuram town while coming from Chennai, then, this is the first monument on your left side (easy to locate using Google Maps); due to the hidden nature, this is one of the least visited monuments in Mahabalipuram. Also, there is not much to see/photograph too - but still, I suggest you to cover. This is a stand-alone monument, far away from the Krishna’s Butter Ball or the shore Temple, etc. this a small temple and is a structural temple built with granite blocks. The present structure is very much renovated. Mukunda Nayanar temple has all the Hindu trinities accommodated in this small temple. The back panel of the inner shrine carries Somaskanda - Shiva, Parvati with baby Skanda, accompanied by Lord Brahma & Lord Vishnu. This temple is believed to be sponsored by the Pallava King Rajasimha. With an octagonal top, the entry has two circular pillars & 2 pilasters. Though highly ruined, the temple is worth visiting till now. Though the compound is not well maintained, the premises is worth being photographed.

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