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Main Cave Shrine

Elephanta Caves

13.9/5(6 Ratings)

Main Cave Shrine Overview

Ranked 2 of 10 sightseeing in Elephanta Caves

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 within the shrine.

The Linga is placed on a raised platform that is of a height of 6 ft and 6 steps lead to this level from the shrine’s floor. Except for the Dvarapalas at the southern door to the shrine, all are in a damaged condition and their height ranges from 14 to 15 ft.

The southern gate statues comprise many unusual features such as a large skull above the forehead, an unusual headgear and lips parted with protruding teeth. The statues are adorned with earrings, single bead necklace and thick wristlets. They also have a stooped right shoulder, shapeless legs, robe held at right thigh by left hand and globe held at naval level.
 

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Reviews and Ratings

Yogesh Dhandharia

Yogesh Dhandharia5.0/5

39 reviews

Elephanta entrance

The Entrance to the Caves made us wonder how at that time Man cut and carved the Mountain to make such beautiful caves. The Art is mesmerizing and does take one for surprise. We must protect such Monuments and Artwork for our future generations.
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Khushbu Sanghvi

Khushbu Sanghvi2.9/5

1 review

Superb place to have fun

Superb place to have fun, enjoyed alot with friends. A place where we can see caves and lots of history can be founded. I again want to visit at this place.

Sunil kumar Gupta

Sunil kumar Gupta4.3/5

3 reviews

Stunning cave sculpture

The sculptures are quite stunning. Why is it that these monks always find a mountain in which to dig their caves for religious sculpting? Just asking. The boat ride in Mumbai Harbor is refreshing. You can watch oil tankers bringing Mumbai's petroleum products into port. The departure point is the Gate of India and that in itself is worth seeing while you are in Mumbai. When you arrive on the island, you must climb uphill a few hundred meters through a gauntlet of vendors selling rather trashy keepsakes. But climb you must if you are to see the sculptures of Shiva and Parvati. Yes, they are remarkable. Now back down through the gauntlet once again! Saunter back to the boat and you are soon zipping back to the Gate of India. All in all, I'm pleased we went. Ah, but it could be so much better if the Indian government would treat this UNESCO World Heritage site with more respect.

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Mahesh Kumar

Mahesh Kumar3.2/5

2 reviews

All the sculptures are inscribed on mountain caves

Well these caves are very old but after knowing the history of them you will be awestruck. Please book a tour guide to know more about the caves. All the sculptures are inscribed on mountain caves.

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