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Elephanta Caves :

Elephanta Caves are situated in Raigad district.Originally known as Gharapuri Caves. Ancient caves situated on a small island between Mumbai & Uran. All the caves belong to Shaivite Hindu sect portraying stories of Shiva & Parvati. The huge sculpture of Trimurti depicting three different facial expressions of Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh is considered unique in the history of sculptures.
 

10 km north east of Apollo Bunder, lies the island of Elephanta, the glorious abode of Lord Shiva. The island is famous for its great cave shrine, excavated in the sixth century, dating back to the period, when the island was known as Gharapuri, the Fortress City. With the arrival of the Portuguese, the island was renamed Elephanta, after the huge carved elephant, they found at the place where they landed.

The cave temple, which is the pride of Elephanta, sprawled over an area of approximately 5000 square metres, is reached by climbing a flight of more than 100 steps, to the top of a hill. Inside the temple, is a large pillared hall with rows of columns, that appear to hold up the roof of the cave. Cross beams complete the illusion of a ceiling.

One's attention is immediately drawn to the series of marvellous sculptured panels, nine in all, which are set like tableaux on the walls. Little is known about the architects and sculptors, who worked on this gem of ancient architecture. What is almost tangible is their intense faith, which seems to create an energy field in the cave premises.

Each of the panel captures the volatility of Shiva's essentially paradoxic nature, and the magical interplay of light and shade, only intensifies the overall effect. The plan of the temple is symmetrical, with the important focal points worked out in a geometrical mandala - the mystic design that represents an energy field.

Marching Destination:
By Sea: 10-15 km away from Gateway of india.

Elephanta Caves, History, Guide provides a complete information on Elephanta Caves, Architecture, Deities, Religious Significance, Legends, Festivals, Maharashtra Tourism Elephanta Island, ancient, tour, travel, vacation,

 
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