The shore temple
is located at the sea shore and has withstood the ravages of the sea.
Unlike the rock cut structures in Mamallapuam, this is a structural temple,
built by Rajasimha out of hard blackish leptinite. This shrine is
dedicated to both Siva and Vishnu. There are two vimanas, Ksatriyasimheswara
facing east and the smaller Rajasimheswara facing west dedicated to Lord
Siva. The Vishnu griha is a mandapa between these two called the
Narapatisimha Pallava Vishnugriha. The names of these shrines are
the various titles of Rajasimha.
have a square lower storey and a pyraidal superstructure. The tower
is more tapering than the monolithic structures.A sixteen sided polished
Siva Linga - in the bigger shrine. There are Somaskanda panels in
the rear walls of the Siva shrines.