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Designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, Elephanta Island is home to cave temples dating from 450 AD to 750 AD. These caves were first carved by Buddhists, but as Buddhism declined in the region, Hindus continued to carve and use them.

Locally, the island is known as Gharapuri, meaning "Place of Caves". The name Elephanta was assigned by the Portuguese, who took possession of the island in 1534 AD, and was derived from a large monolithic elephant statue that was once on the island. The Main Cave on Elephanta Island ranks among the best cave temples in all of India, alongside the magnificently carved temples at Ellora and Ajanta, near Aurangabad in the State of Maharashtra.

Elephanta Island is located in the Bombay/Mumbai Harbour, about 10km NW of the Gateway of India. It is a perfect day trip from the city and offers a respite from its traffic and pollution. A visit to the caves also provides an opportunity for a better understanding of Hinduism and its history.

  • Last visit to Elephanta Island: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 16, 2015
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    Nice page!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Elephanta Island sounds to be an interesting place to visit! Next year I plan to visit India and Elephanta Island is defenitly on my list of places to visit.

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Some Lovely Pics you have here!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2009 at 7:19 AM

    Having been to Elephanta, I really enjoyed reading your information on the different caves. It has brought back good memories. Excellent photgraphs. Thanks for sharing.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Looks like fascinating place! Love to go there some time!

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:35 AM

    Great tips here on your Elephanta page. all the best :)


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