Elephanta Caves is named by the Portuguese who came in the 18th Century A.D and found sculptures of elephants near Elephanta Island. Elephanta Caves are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that is a collection of caves cum temples that are inscribed with sculptures of Hindu God, Shiva. The site is located in Gharapuri, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
There are several courtyards and one of them is situated in the eastern part of the caves. The courtyard consists of a beautiful wall painting.
The West Wing of the site consists of pillars that are carved with the pictures of Hindu gods. There is the sculpture of three-faced Brahma which is most significant of them all.
Main Cave Shrine
The Main Cave Shrine or Central Shrine is a square cell that consists of entrances on each side. Including the symbols of Lord Shiva, there are also symbols of other Hindu deities.
Being the most important sculptures of Elephanta Caves, Trimurti is also considered as one of the paragons of Gupta-Chalukya art.
The place is one of the popular places in Mumbai. Here, you can buy affordable art pieces and other lifestyle items.
Situated in Colaba, Mumbai, the place is mostly known for its wide collection of handicrafts.
It is recommended to visit Elephanta Caves in winter months from November-February. Also, if you visit in early February, you can get the chance to experience the magnificent Elephanta Festival.
First, you need to reach the Gateway of India, Mumbai. Then, you can buy the tickets for the boat from Maharashtra Tourism Development Corp. The sea journey will take almost 1 hour to reach the Elephanta Island.
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