Super Squ , the cute Malabar Squirrel was in Tamil Nadu and she heard many amazing stories about the Shore temple In Mahabalipuram She visited the temple and made a really lovely illustration on the map of Tamil Nadu she has drawn. She had also captured some cool facts about the temple in her notes.
- The temple is really old. It was built in the 7th Century in the Common Era. It is a rock cut temple. It is located in Mahabalipuram.
- The shore temple is part of the temple complex and structures built by king Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava Dynasty.
- Hiuen Tsang, the 7th-century Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator has written about Mamallapuram, terming it as a Pallava sea-port
- As one of the Group of Monunment at Mahabalipuram, the shore temple has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984
- Mahabalipuram was a thriving port in the medieval and ancient times in India. These days, it is famous because of the temple structures.
- Super Squ is amazed by the story of the 7 “pagodas” she hears.Marco Polo and the European merchants who came to Asia after him called the site Seven Pagodas. One of these is believed to be the Shore Temple. The temple probably acted as a landmark for seafarers. As it appears like a Pagoda, the name became familiar to the seafarers.Till the Tsunami of 2004, there has been only anecdotal evidence of the existence of the other 6 temples, but just before the Tsunami the sealine receded by 500 mts and residents and tourists saw what appeared to submerged structures covered in sediments
- Super Squ is lucky to have witnessed The Mamallapuram Dance Festival . This festival is held every year during Dec- January. This dance festival is organised by Department of Tourism, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Many Renowned artist perform Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi, Mohini Attam and Kathakali perform against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava rock sculptures It is a month long festival.
Super Squ’s Tamil Nadu Illustrated Map for kids also comes with a mini folding accordion style booklet that she has created. You can take a look at the combo here .
At Ekdali we belive that two way conversations between adults and children is one of the best ways to help in child development. All our posters, book boxes, accordion books and Flash Cards are created keeping this purpose in mind. You can see our entire collection here.
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