Elephanta-Caves

ELEPHANTA CAVES

The Elephanta Caves is also called Gharapurichi Leni (City of Caves), located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The entire location is built from solid natural rock with intricately carved sculptures of idols. There are principally seven caves where one can investigate the real excellence of ancient Indian architecture. There are a few highly-finished rock surfaces in Elephanta Caves; however, some are the stark untreated rocks too. The first cave represents engravings based on Hinduism, where you will find rock cut stone sculptures, dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the sculpture, you’ll see quintessential essence of the Shiva Lingam created in eight manifest forms that are worth viewing. Further, when you head to other smaller caves, you will witness that it’s an example of the Buddhistic rock-cut architecture. We can also trace some sculptures that represent the combination of Hindu and Buddhist tradition. The date of the famous Elephanta Caves is still very much debated and varies from the 6th century to the 8th century according to different specialists. They constitute one of the most striking collections of rock-art in India. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly in the huge high reliefs in the main cave.