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Elephanta Caves

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Bernard Alvares

Bernard Alvares3.6/5

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Went for searchers of old history places it is okay

Went from gateway of India by boat 200 rs return. Ticket. T took me 1 & half hours to reach there after reaching over there climbing 120 steps after climbing 120 steps there a ticket counter 50 rs entery fee there is only broke stachu @ monkey all over pulling all food . . Of all people it is okay

Kushal Kamra

Kushal Kamra3.6/5

37 reviews

Good for a Day Tour

Nice place just an hour away from the coast of Mumbai. Got an eerie feeling with a flock of tourists specially on weekends.
Probably a recommended day trip !!!
Get a ferry from Gateway of India dock. Place to hangout with friends, get a look at old temples and some pretty mean caves out there.

Elephanta Caves Overview

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 dedicated to Buddhism. The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries. The caves were designated as World heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.

Although the identity of the creators of the architecturial masterpieces built in Elephant Caves is disputed, it is believed that the Chalukyas and later Rashtrakutas are the creators among many others.

Elephanta was ruled by another Chalukyan dynasty, and then by Gujarat Sultanate, who surrendered it to the Portuguese in 1534. By then, Elephanta was called Gharapuri, which indicates a hill settlement.

The island of Elephants is 1.5 miles in length with two hills rising to a height of about 500 ft. A deep ravine cuts through the heart of the island from north to south. On the west, the hill rises gently from the sea and stretches east across the ravine and rises gradually to the extreme east to a height of 568 ft.

The two hills of the island, the western and the eastern, have five rock-cut caves in the western part and a brick stupa on the eastern hill on its top, composed of two caves with few rock-cut cisterns.

The island has two groups of caves in the rock cut architectural style. Five caves situated on the western hills of the Island are devoted to the Hindu sect Shaiva and various Hindu sculptures are chiseled in these caves. Famous sculptures of Hindu caves are Ravana holding up the Kailash, Shiva-Parvati on Kailash, Ardhanarishvara, Trimurti, Wedding of Shiva, Linga, Nataraja, Kartikeya, Yogishvara, and Matrikas .

In the second group of caves, various Buddhist architectures can be spotted depicting numerous pictures of Gautam Buddha and several sculptures from Buddhist literature, Jatak Kathayein.

Although, a numbers of caves have been ruined during the Portuguese period and several damaged by various means, Elephant Caves still presents a rich heritage of ancient history to the tourist. More and more people visit Elephanta Caves to witness the Architectural masterpieces preserved in the caves of Elephanta.

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East Wing, Elephanta Caves

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Bernard Alvares

East Wing, Elephanta Caves
East Wing, Elephanta Caves

Photo by

Bernard Alvares

East Wing, Elephanta Caves

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