Recently I visited Mahabalipuram and took these pictures at the sea temple. I had a great tour guide who helped me to understand the Sea Temple architecture that was built in the 7th century by a Pallava king called Rajasimha. I had a guide explaining various historical information that I didn’t know until that day.
Rajasimha built the Sea Temple, hoping to do a better job than his father and grandfather who built the other rock-cut sculptures in Mahabalipuram. Rajasimha built the temple on the east of Bay of Bengal so that the morning sun can reflect on the temple. Moving from his predecessors, instead of building with monolithic architecture (single rock), Rajasimha built it by putting different rocks together. During the 2004 Tsunami, this temple was submerged with water for more than four hours. Once the water resided, archeology team discovered some structure that was buried in sand for several thousand years.
Due to its historical significance, UNESCO classified the Sea Temple as a World Heritage Site.