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View of Elephanta Caves Bombay – 2 Old Postcards 1910
Two old 1910 postcards of the Elephanta Caves in Bombay or Mumbai. To get a glimpse of an ancient and astonishing Indian history that lies close by to Mumbai. Head to the famous Elephanta Island an hour’s journey from the Gateway of India by ferry. A huge complex of temples and sculptures thought to date from the 6th Century AD.
All are carved out of solid rock within the cave complex that crisscrosses one of the island’s two hills. The Hindus who originally worshipped here were devotees of Lord Shiva. And the most famous of the sculptures is that of a three-headed bust of Shiva or Trimurti Sadashiva, 20 feet high. The Portuguese named the place from the stone elephant they found in the caves. They damaged many of the carvings when they ruled Bombay.
The ancient history of the Elephanta or Gharapuri (Fortress City), as locally known is in itself a bit complex. The creation of the imposing temple complex is thought to be from the revival of orthodox Hinduism in western India. That followed a decline of Buddism, from the 6th century AD. Elephanta has a profound resemblence to the Shiva temple of Ellora caves near Aurangabad.
Did you know- both Elephanta and Ellora are today UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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