Elephanta Caves

Window to Ancient Time
Elephanta Caves

A network of beautifully carved stone sculptures, Elephanta Caves, located on Elephanta Islands; lie in the lap of vast Arabian Sea. These are the perfect expressions of the ancient Indian art which is linked to Lord Shiva. The fascinating journey to the majestic caves draws a lot of tourists from across the globe. Elephanta caves are undoubtedly one of the best remaining masterpieces, providing a scenic glimpse of the ancient stone carvings. To preserve the precious and fascinating artwork of the caves, it was designated as UNESCO world Heritage site.

Attractions of Elephanta Caves

Main Cave
The Elephanta caves consist of two groups of caves, a large group of Hindu caves and a smaller group of Buddhist caves. The main cave, belonging to the larger group of Hindu caves, consists of exquisitely carved stone sculptures dedicated to Lord Shiva. The central shrine is well ornamented with enchanting carvings. The stunning carvings of Shiva and Parvati are surely the centre of attraction.

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East and West Wing Shrine
The stone carvings of these wings are devoted to the religious dimensions of Hindu culture, which succeeds in giving a glimpse of the ancient culture. They leave the visitors awestruck with the amazing carvings on the walls.

Other major caves
The Sitabai cave, dedicated to Parvati, is another beautiful cave. Other places like a Portico near Main cave, a small excavation near Sitabai and several other significant caves are worth a visit.

Shopping
The small stalls outside the caves decorated with charming items like statues, wired necklace and stunning metal items are worth buying.

How to Reach
In order to reach Elephanta caves, one has to reach Mumbai first. It is well connected by air, rail and road. After reaching Mumbai, head to the Gateway of India, famous landmark of India, to get a ferry to the caves.

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