Author: M K DhavalikarPublisher: Archaelogical Survey of IndiaYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 97ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788190486606
This guide bookintroduces the visitors to one of the finest rock-cut temples of India, now declared a World Heritage monument.The Elephanta caves are situated in a small island of great scenic beauty which was witness to history for over two thousand years. Buddhists have erected stupas her in the second century BC, and the caves were carved by Hindus in the sixth century AD. They are dedicated to God Siva, a most important divinity of the Hindu pantheon whose cult 'Saivism' was spread far and wide into the country and even beyond its frontiers.The caves are embellished with elegant sculptures, gigantic in proportion, and narrating some of the Puranic stories associated with Siva. They are carved in deep recesses and are characterized by tremendous force and vitality. The central figures, a three headed bust of the God is amongst the finest creations of the Indian genius.The caves are situated in close proximity to the metropolis of Mumbai. With a comfortable ferry constantly available, except during the monsoon from June to September, visit to the site makes a memorable trip.
ForewordIntroduction1. Historical Background 2. Evolution of Rock-cut Architecture3. Main Cave4. Minor Caves5. Loose Sculptures6. Site Museum7. Around Elephanta8. Conservation9. Bibliography10. Practical Information