Temples of Mahabalipuram represent the distinct Pallava style of art. You can find 11 impressive temples, known as Mandapas, situated on both sides of the hills of Mahabalipuram. The Dravidian architecture of the temples distinctly shows some Buddhist elements in them.
Some of the most popular temples of Mahabalipuram, which are visited by pilgrims from all over the country, are as follows:
The Shore Temple: It is one of the most important temples located in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. The impressive architecture and great sculptures has recognized this temple as the World Hehe temple town of Mahabalipuram is one of the most holy places located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Counted as one of the major pilgrimage and religious sites, it is dotted with numerous Dravidian-style temples, chariots and monuments. The temples of Mahabalipuram are the major draw of this ancient city and attract thousands of pilgrims every year. The temples of Mahabalipuram are marked with distinctive stone carvings.
The tritage Site by UNESCO. This Dravidian style temple is largely frequented by large number of travelers and pilgrims.
Arjuna's Penance: This temple has a beautiful bas relief structure and illustrates major scenes from the great Hindu epic Mahabharata.
The Five Rathas: The five rock temples are carved out in the form of rathas or chariots. Dedicated to the mythological Pandava brothers and Draupadi, this temple is carved out of a single monolithic rock.
Other marvels of Mahabalipuram, which reflects the cultural richness of this religious site are Trimurti cave, Kodikkal Mandapam, Krishna Mandapam, Replica of Arjuna's Penance, Ramanuja Mandapam, Adivaraha Temple, Cave Temples, Krishna's Butter Ball, Koneri cane, Pancha Pandava Mandapam and Sthalasayana Perumal temple.
The dance festival of Mahabalipuram is arranged at various temples. Every Saturday and Sunday, renowned dance festival is conducted by the Tourism of Tamil Nadu for the entertainment of the people. Dancers from all over the country participate in this dance festival which is arranged by keeping the Arjuna's penance as the backdrop. At this festival, you can see various dances form from all over the country. To entertain the people, performance of the classical dances, music and tribal dance are arranged.