Caves always tickle one’s imagination, fear and fascination, but not many caves come close to the mystical appeal of Mumbai caves. These ancient caves were hand-carved cave-shrines from solid stone, depicting images and reliefs of Hindu deities, most particularly of the Lord Shiva. They were hewn by a lost civilization that used to occupy the Elephanta Island. The caves, believed to date back all the way to 600 AD, are also popularly known as Elephanta Caves. Not much is known about their history and about the people who built them, but these staggeringly eerie caves resonate perfectly with the spiritual energy of India. They represent not only India’s religiosity, but also of the country’s long lost cave culture. Indian rock-cut architecture is known for its perfect symmetry and that is clearly evident in Elephanta.
The island was named by Portuguese explorers. They were surprised to see a huge elephant image standing proudly in a deserted [Read more…]