Elephanta Caves

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1987 marked the year when the Elephanta Caves were included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As a result, it is an important site, and during their time in Mumbai, many tourists stop by to learn about the city's rich history and to experience its spiritual wonders.

Things to do at Elephanta Caves:

  • Uncover the representations derived from mythology:

The image of Shiva and Parvati, known as Ardhnarishwar, the three-headed Shiva, also known as Trimurti, and a display of the river Ganges, known as Gangadhar, are the three principal attractions that can be found here.

You should also look at the Nataraja sculpture, which is recessed into the wall and is approximately 11 feet in height and 13 feet in width.

In addition to this, you will discover an abundance of sculptures and photographs in a variety of caverns all over the world.

All of them will captivate you with the beautiful designs that they have.

  • Explore the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology for deep insights:

In this modest archaeological museum, you can learn about the history of Elephanta Island through the objects on display.

In the first hall, the narrations many black and white pictures of rock-cut temple architecture seen throughout India are displayed.

In another hall, guests can view the heritage attractions, which include enormous maps and a variety of other specifics.

  • Cannon trekking is a unique experience that will keep the visitors engrossed:

The Elephanta caverns are also well-known for being excellent places to go trekking. It is possible to hike across this area to reach one of the two canons located close to the Elephanta Caves. To get to the canons, you must make your way along a winding trail. 

  • Embrace ancient art at Elephant Island:

There are seven caves where one can examine the true brilliance of old Indian architecture. There are a few highly polished rock surfaces, but there are also some bare, untreated rocks.

The first cave features Hindu-inspired carvings and sculptures made of rock-cut stone that is devoted to Lord Shiva. The sculpture features eight manifest representations of the Shiva Lingam's intrinsic essence that are well worth examining.

Furthermore, you will see that it is an illustration of Buddhistic rock-cut architecture when you visit other, smaller caves.

Therefore, visiting this place is a method to learn more about Indian culture than just admiring the building's fantastic architecture.

  • Consider attending the Elephant Festival hosted by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation:

The event is devoted to India's various classical music and dance traditions, with huge pillars and sculptured ornamentation on the temple walls as its backdrop.

Here are some of the attractions you will see at this festival:

a). There are performances of classical dances, plays, sketches, music, and vocals. Folk dancing events and live music are scheduled during the nights.

b). Bright lighting and tasteful decorations may be seen inside Maheshmurti Cave. Here, you can indulge in delectable traditional cuisine and create lasting memories of the Elephanta Festival.

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Address of Elephanta Caves

Mumbai, India

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