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Elephanta Caves

Aurangabad , Maharashtra

An island called Gharapuri, this is a place which was renamed by the Portuguese invaders who saw the massive elephants in the gateways when they came here 500 years ago. Today the Elephants caves, located on the Arabian Sea about a boat ride away from the bustling city of Mumbai in Maharashtra is one of the World Heritage Sites as declared by UNESCO. And it has every reason to be considering the caves that are here date back to an era which we are still trying to peace together. It was the era which gave birth to religion as it is today all over the world and the only proof of this era is to be found in these very caves. The caves are hewn out of solid basalt rock and are works of incredible architects and builders. There is a large group of five Hindu caves and a smaller group of two Buddhist caves which in total form what Elephanta caves is all about today. The Hindu temple is made by the Shaivas who worship Lord Shiva and there are many idols of the God here. The island is a very small island with a ravine cutting deep through it. The rock cut caves are nestled in the two hills that are on the island. No one knows who built the caves but there are enough legends to support some of the beliefs. Whoever was behind the construction, it surely shows a time which was more tolerant towards faith and completely secular in nature. There is evidence of different religions co existing peacefully. The carvings all over the caves is exquisite craftmnship and it is a beautiful piece of history so well preserved. Every one should pay a visit to these majestic Elephanta caves.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 24.0°C /75.0°F 65 mm 221feet /km2 Jan-Mar,Oct-Dec Coming Soon

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