Prime Minister NarendraModi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the sea-facing Shore Temple on the first day of their second informal summit in Mamallapuram The Shore Temple (built in 700–728 AD) is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal.
It was built probably in the reign of Narasimhavarman II, also known as Rajasimha (Pallava ruler) who reigned from 700 to 728 CE. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. At the time of its creation, the site was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty.
As one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. It is one of the oldest structural (versus rock-cut) stone temples of South India.