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Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves

Located on the Elephanta Island or the Gharapuri, 10 kms from the Mumbai city in Maharashtra state, India are the beautiful Hindu caves known as Elephanta caves. Falls on an arm of the Arabian Sea, the Island comprises of two different caves – the first one is a Hindu cave having the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the other is the Buddhist cave. The caves are provided with rock cut architecture and were painted in the past. No such changes have been made to the monuments with the increasing years till it get renovated in 1970’s. Before Portuguese rule began in 1534, the place was called as Gharapuri and was place to worship for Hindus. The island was renamed as Elephanta by the Portuguese on seeing the huge statue of an elephant on the entrance, which is now placed in the garden outside the Bhau Daji Lad Museum at the Jijamata Udyaan at Byculla in Mumbai. Elephanta caves travel and tourism provides the best way of travelling to this wonderful place.


Elephanta cave is the famous world heritage site as designated by UNESCO. Maintained by Archaeological Survey of India, Elephanta cave is a must monument to visit for all at least once.


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