Generally, “Seven Pagodas” means the combination of wonderful temples. It is believed that these temples are the oldest scared places in Mahabalipuram which were built in the Dravidian style found in South India during the 7th century. Later on, it was modified again in the Dravidian style found in South India under the rule of Narasimha Varman II. It stands at the shore of the Bay of Bengal. This temple is embellished with number of typical sculptures and paintings which shows the fine of erstwhile craftsmen. Near to this temple, three separate buildings are situated in which two are Shiva temples and the third one is a Vishnu temple. It also comes as in the list of world heritage sites of UNESCO.
An ancient Brahman legend states the pagodas’ derives in legendary terms. According to him, Prince Hiranyakasipu was a king and he did not believe in Lord Vishnu and always refused to worship him. He has a son, Prahlada, he was the great follower of Lord Vishnu and he believed that Vishnu exists everywhere in fact in the walls of the home. Suddenly, Hiranyakasipu got angry and he kicked a pillar. Eventually, Vishnu appeared there in a new look of a man with a lion’s head. He killed Hiranyakasipu and finally Prahlada became a king. After long time, he had a son named as Bali thus founded Mahabalipuram.