Got to spend a whole day at the Elephanta Caves…The ‘City of Caves’, the island in the Arabian Sea, close to Mumbai, which contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva.
Its a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987.
Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions out in this 6th Century AD marvel, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.
Most of the sculptures here were defaced by the Portuguese who perhaps used the sculptures as target practice in the 17th century. The name Elephanta was given by the Portuguese changing its original name, Gharapuri.
The rock-cut temple complex cover an area of 60,000 sq ft consisting of a main chamber, 2 lateral ones, courtyards and subsidiary shrines.
Enough Of History, check out the present state of the Elephanta Caves, as clicked through my Mobile Phone…See if you like them…have posted them on my facebook account.
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C Ya Soon…
The Free Spirit