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Elephanta caves

Overview:

The Elephanta Caves are a collection of cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbour.

Location:

Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, India. Coordinates: 18°57′48″N 72°55′53″E / 18.96333°N 72.93139°E.

Opening Time:

The Elephanta Caves are open daily, except Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Entry Fees:

To enter the Elephanta Caves, you'll need to pay a small entry fee. The cost is around 50 INR for Indian citizens and 500 INR for foreign tourists.

Nearest Tourist Places:

- Gateway of India (connected by ferry services between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, except Monday)

- Mumbai Harbour

- Jawaharlal Nehru Port

- Stupa Hill (eastern hill with two Buddhist mounds)

Significance/History:

The Elephanta Caves contain rock-cut stone sculptures, mostly in high relief, that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography. The caves date back to the 5th and 9th centuries and are attributed to various Hindu dynasties. They are most commonly placed between the 5th and 7th centuries, with many scholars considering them to have been completed by about 550 CE.

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Elephanta Caves, Path to caves, Raigad District, India

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