Elephanta

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India Book House, 2002 - History - 143 pages
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-- 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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George Michell trained as an architect in Melbourne, and then obtained a PhD in Indian Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a dissertation on Early Chalukya temples. Since then he has undertaken numerous documentation and research projects, most recently with John M. Fritz at Hampi. Surendra Kumar studied information technology in Bengaluru, and now works part-time as a photographer, specializing in panoramic topographic views. His work has been spectacularly showcased in Discovering the Deccan (Pictor, Mumbai)

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