Elephanta Caves depicts the glory of lords and carvings

Elephanta Caves is the master piece to depict the glory of lords and carvings, situated at 11km from Mumbai in the Arabian Sea and it is now designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. An elephanta island is the place with outstanding sculptures and carvings of the Lord Shiva, Hindu God and it also shows the traces of Buddhist culture.

The epitome of temple art’s original name is Agraharpuri. Agrahar is the most important necklace. The Agraharpuri became Gharapuri which was renamed as Elephanta Island by the Portuguese and is situated in Mumbai harbour off the coast of Mumbai, India. The caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Many foreign and domestic tourists visit there. Complaints have been made that visitors mistreat this important cultural and historic site in recent years. Most of the sculptures were defaced by the Portuguese, who used the sculptures as target practice in the 17th century. The Portuguese also gave the island its modern name, Elephanta from Gharapuri.

The rock-cut temple complex cover consist of 2 lateral ones, a main chamber, courtyards and subsidiary shrines. The site of these magnificent caves include beautiful sculptures, reliefs and a temple to the Hindu god Siva. These caves are hewn from solid rock.

So, Elephanta Caves continues the glory and attractive spots of Maharashtra.

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