When Tsunami hit Mamallapuram and surrounding areas in December 2004, the remains of an ancient brick temple was unearthed by Tsunami. This temple is believed to have been built during the first century BCE and 2nd century CE. The temple was dedicated to Lord Murugan (aka Subramanya and Karthikeya), son of Lord Shiva. The period of the temple was possibly the Tamil Sangam Age. An inscription in Tamil on a rock near the excavated site led to the discovery of the temple. The rock, lodged in sand, was exposed fully by the tsunami that struck this area.
It is believed that the original temple was built using bricks. It should be noted that the temples were built using bricks 2000 years ago. It is also believed that this temple was subsequently converted into a granite temple during 8th century CE or 9th century CE by the Pallava kings, who were responsible for the architectural marvels in Mamallapuram and Tiger's cave. This is the first brick temple discovered in Tamil Nadu state of India.
It might not be a complete structure today and it might be just an excavation of temple remains. Still, it is really exciting to find ourselves stand in front of an ancient cultural symbol.
You can reach this place easily either by public transport or on your own, as the place is located well on the main road - East Coast Road (ECR) the road connecting Chennai and Mamallapuram cities.
Along with this place, you can also visit Tiger's cave, rock cut Shiva temple and a beautiful beach. All these four sites are located next to next.
Site Name: Ancient Murugan Temple, Near Tiger's Cave
Type: Sculpture, ancient brick temple
Location: Saluvankuppam village - 52 km from Chennai on East Coast Road (ECR)
1) 2000 year old brick temple
2) The first brick temple discovered in Tamil Nadu state of India
3) Unearthed by Tsunami
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