-- An enjoyable and comprehensive guide to the Elephanta caves-- Interprets the myths of Shiva in the contxt of Elephanta, and examines the architectural structure of the caves-- Documents the discovery of the cave by European travellers-- Gives information on the efforts to conserve this World Heritage SiteThe 6th century rock-cut cave temple of Elephanta Island in the middle of Mumbai Harbour is the home of Shive, the greatest of all the Hindu gods. Elephanta leads you through this magnificent cave temple, supplying the historical background, examining its overall architectural structure and interpreting the myths of Shiva that are depicted in the extraordinary stone sculptures. This book also contains fascinating accounts of European travelers documenting their discovery of the cave from the 17th century onwards, and includes information on the ongoing efforts to preserve this cave that was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
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6th century Ajanta Andhaka Ardhanarishvara arms artistic ascetics axis Banasur bays beautiful better preserved Bhagiratha body Bombay Brahma Buddhist carved cave at Elephanta cave interior central columns composition corner crown damaged deities demon depicted Dhumar Lena doorways dvarapalas east court elephant Elephanta island Ellora excavations face feet female figure of Shiva flanked fluted gana gandharva Ganesha god's goddess guardian figures hair hall hand head of Sadashiva headdress hill Hindu India INTACH island of Elephanta jatas Jogeshvari Kailasa Kalachuris Karttikeya Konkan Lakulisha legs linga shrine lotus Maharashtra main cave male marriage of Shiva Mauryas meditation monuments Mount Kailasa mountain Mumbai Mumbai harbour north entrance overall pagoda Pashupata pillars portrayed Portuguese posture Ravana rear wall rock sanctuary sculpture panels sculptures seated seen Shiva and Parvati Shiva dancing Shiva impaling Andhaka shoulder side skull cup square stone triple-headed upper Vishnu World Heritage Site worship Yogishvara