Location / significance / map / timing / entry fees / history / legend / travel / tourism / rediscovery / / photo gallery / photography / travel tips / images / tourism of Elephanta Caves , Mumbai, Maharashtra , India
Acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during 1987, Elephanta caves positioned at Elephanta Islands in Mumbai harbour include some of the finest rock-cut sculpture in India. A grand tourist attraction, this island is positioned 11 kilometers east, across the Arabian Sea from the Gateway of India at Mumbai.
Elephanta caves, the crucial point of the Elephanta Island are the wonderful dwelling of Lord Shiva. There are overall seven caves which extend on two hills, five on the Western hill and two on the Eastern hill. The island formerly known as Gharapuri or city of forts was the capital of Konkan Mauryas and was afterward re-named by the Portuguese. when they captured Bombay from the Sultan of Gujarat during the16th century. The island was named Elephanta after the enormous sculpted elephants found here.