The main cave in Elephanta with massive panels carved on the inner walls. You'll be spending majority of the tour time here. Beyond this main cave are four more minor caves connected with a walkway.

The main cave in Elephanta with massive panels carved on the inner walls.

You'll be spending majority of the tour time here. Beyond this main cave are four more minor caves connected with a walkway.

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The main cave in Elephanta with massive panels carved on the inner walls. You'll be spending majority of the tour time here. Beyond this main cave are four more minor caves connected with a walkway.

Ferry returning to Mumbai from Elephanta. The Elephanta Island in the backdrop.

How to reach Elephanta Caves

Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai (Bombay) coast.So the first point is to get to Mumbai.

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Ardhanari image at Elephanta

Mythical Themes at Elephanta

The choice of the themes in Elephanta's panels is an interesting mix... anything from love to contemplation to violence to performing arts to yoga. In Elephanta you'll see some of the highest watermarks of medieval India's sculptural art.

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View from Elephanta Island

History of Elephanta

The most convincing of the theories on its origin tell Elephanta caves were executed during the period 450 to 750 AD. Incidentally, this period also marks the decline of Buddhism in India and the revival of the Brahmanical traditions.

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Entrance to the cave 3 in Elephanta

Elephanta Cave 3

This a large cave complex, probably second only to the main Cave.The facade is impressive with a row of large cussion capital pillars.

Ferry point Elephanta

Ferry to Elephanta

Elephanta Ferry (launch) services operate from the Gateway of India ferry point also called the Apollo Bandar.

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Elephanta Cave 4

This cave has a large open verandah with a massive unsupported rock formation overhanging above.There is a beautiful doorjamb carved around the entrance to the main shrine at the center.

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Caves in Elephanta

Elephanta in a Nutshell

What is Elephanta?Elephanta CavesĀ is UNESCO World Heritage site is a fine specimen of rock cut architecture and art of medieval India.

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