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Elephanta Caves in Mumbai


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    Distance from Mumbai : 43 km;

    Time to Reach from Mumbai : 1 h, 0 m

The Elephanta Caves is located on the Elephanta Island and are seven in number which are grouped into Hindu caves and Buddhist caves. Hindu caves are five in number and Buddhist caves are two in number. These rock cut caves belong to the time period of 5th to 8th century.


The main cave has the abode of Lord Shiva and so is called Shiva cave. On its northern entrance are located 1000 steep steps. The cave is blend of Gupta artistic characteristics and Chalukyan architectural features. The layout consists of the main hall, east wing shrine and west wing shrine.


Apart from the main cave, there are some notable caves like the Great Cave at the south east which are in ruins now and the last cave which is also at the verge of destruction. The tiger sculpture and Sitabai Temple are situated here.


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