Mumbai Cruising Elephanta Caves Just A Boat Ride Away
If you're in Mumbai, and art appreciation is in your agenda, then Elephanta Caves is a must-visit! Located just about 10 kilometers away from Mumbai, visiting Elephanta Caves via ferry costs nothing in comparison to this living example of the masterpiece. There are a total of seven caves carved out of a single rock depicting stories and forms of Hindu god Shiva, along with other Buddist sculptures. The name, however, came from the time of its discovery by Portuguese invaders in 1534 of that of a gigantic rock-cut sculpture of an elephant on this island. Interestingly, today the giant elephant sculpture is located at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla, Mumbai. The origins of Elephanta Caves on how or who constructed it still remains a mystery, although it is believed to have been made during the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. It is located at the Elephanta Island or Garapuri, meaning the village of caves in the Marathi language. The most famous sculpture here is the statue of Trimurti Sadasiva depicting three forms of Shiva as the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer. It is the main attraction of Elephanta Caves which is also the least suffered in terms of destruction. In poetic terms, this site is a living testament of beauty that cannot be ruined. Its suffering dates back to the times of Persian invaders, Christian Portuguese soldiers practicing targets in the caves to reduce the Hindu influence during their rule, ruins by the Maratha as well as the British rulers, and even the rains and waterlogging over the years. In spite of its terrible past, Elephanta Caves is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stories of Lord Shiva that it holds, even though wrecked, still lures tourists from all over the world to experience the serenity and magnitude of the sculptures carved on stone with great finesse. For the busy city dwellers, this site is also popular owing to its similarities with the Ellora Caves of Aurangabad in terms of artistry. So, if you're in Mumbai this weekend, then be sure to travel once to this marvel of an attraction that's just a boat ride away from Gateway of India. You can check the Elephanta Caves ferry timing and get your tickets booked online at (link) on MyBoatRide.com for an experience like none other!