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Declared as the World Heritage Site, Elephanta caves are situated on Elephanta Island in Mumbai harbor. The island located in Arabian Sea has two groups of caves. One of these caves are dedicated to Hindu sect Shaiva and second the smaller one is......Read more on Elephanta Caves


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Main Cave Shrine, Elephanta Caves
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Main Cave Shrine, Elephanta Caves
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The central shrine is a free-standing square cell that has entrances on each side and each door is flanked by two gate keepers or ‘Dvarapalas.’ The symbol of Lord Shiva, the Linga together with the symbol of Goddess Parvathi, the Yoni, symbolises the supreme unity... Read More »
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Trimurti and Gangadhara, Elephanta Caves
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Trimurti is considered the most important sculpture of Elephanta and is described as a ‘masterpiece of Gupta-Chalukyan art’. It is placed at the back of the cave facing the entrance, on the north-south axis and is also known as Maheshmurti or Trimurti Sadashiva.... Read More »
East Wing, Elephanta Caves
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East Wing, Elephanta Caves
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Though several courtyards to the main cave’s east and west are blocked, the eastern part provides access to a 55 ft wide courtyard. A well preserved wall painting is situated in a temple on the southern part of the wall. Near the east end, a circular pedestal in the... Read More »
West Wing, Elephanta Caves
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West Wing, Elephanta Caves
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Through the main cave, the west wing can be reached, which is in a semi-ruined state. Besides a small chapel, it comprises a cistern closed within the pillared cave that is believed to be Buddhist. To the west of the courtyard, there is a shrine with a portico which contains... Read More »
Shiva slaying Andhaka, Elephanta Caves
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This sculpture is situated in the northern end of the aisle and is considered to be unique. It shows Virabhadra or Bhairava, a furious form of Shiva. In the carved panel, Goddess Parvathi is depicted to be seated beside Lord Shiva, looking terrified and with a female attendant... Read More »

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