About Olakkannesvara Temple
Built entirely out of greyish-white granite, the Olakkannesvara Temple is situated on the coast of Coromandel overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It was constructed in the 8th century in the Dravidian architecture style by the Pallavas. On the walls of this temple are sculpted several structures of Lord Shiva meditating on the top of the Kailash mountain.
The word ‘Olakkannesvara’ means one who has a third eye (flame eye) and holds the crescent moon on his head, thus referring to God Shiva. The temple was originally called ‘Ulaikkannisvaram’. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Clicking photographs here is against the law as it lies within the radius of a highly protected sector consisting of a nuclear power plant. The site can be reached easily through a well-connected network of roadways using local bus and taxi services.
Location: Mada Koil St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104.
Entry-Fee: No entry fee is required.
Timing: 6 am to 6 pm.
Best time to visit: The period between November and February is recommended. Specific months include March, July and September.