Mahabalipuram is an ancient seaport for the kings that ruled southern India. In the 6th Century they commissioned monolithic rock carvings of chariots called the Five Rathas. The largest bas relief carving in the world is here also, called the Krishna Mandapam. Also impressive is the Shore Temple, which is the last of seven original temples. The temple is built to honor Shiva with an east facing and west facing element.