Ravana, the demon king of Lanka is a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. Portrayed in this panel is a very popular episode of Ravana lifting the mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. This mythical theme panel of Elephanta is located on the northeast corner of the main cave.

Ravana Shaking Kailasa

Ravana , the demon king of Lanka tries to lift Kailasa, the abode of Shiva. Seated beside Shiva is Parvati, his consort.

Ravana , the demon king of Lanka tries to lift Kailasa, the abode of Shiva. Seated beside Shiva is Parvati, his consort.

Everything about Elephanta!

Marriage of Shiva and Parvati

Kalyana Sundara at Elephanta

The circumstances leading the marriage of Shiva and Parvati is a significant episode in the Hindu mythology.After the death of his first wife Sati, Shiva withdrew into an ascetic lifestyle, deep meditation and austerities.

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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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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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Cannon Hill

A trail up to the hilltop takes you to an old military post overlooking the harbor.Two cannons were placed here to protect the harbour from pirates.

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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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elephanta-island-during-low-tide

Elephanta Island

Elephanta Island, locally called Gharapuri island is off the Mumbai coast.The cave temples of Elephanta is located on the hillocks of Elephanta Island.
 

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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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