Elephanta Island – The Pride Of Ancient India

After reaching my hotel and taking rest till afternoon, I decided to have lunch and then go visiting my friends at Mumbai. I reached my friends house at 1 pm and it was then that we decided to go to Elephanta Island. I had heard a lot about the place from my colleagues and I was eager to visit it. We hurried along as the last ferry to the island from India Gate was at 2 pm.  Luckily his house was near the India Gate and we reached within half an hour. Soon we took the ticket by paying RS. 130, which included the return journey also and was on an exciting trip. It took about an hour to reach the island.

On reaching the island a lot of guides surrounded us offering to take us to the cave. But we declined and decided to walk to the caves. There was also a toy train taking people to the caves. We decided to take the toy train on our way back. As photography was my hobby, I never forgot to take my camera with me. On the way there were many shops selling souvenirs and food items. I bought some key chains and showpieces for my friends in Bangalore. A lot of monkeys were also seen, some of them very mischievous and stealing things.

Monkeys | Image Resource : lonelyplanet.com

About 120 steps led us to the caves. After paying the entrance fee we got in. The main cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has many sculptures of Shiva in various forms like Nataraja, the dancing form, and Yogishvara, the lord in meditation. Many sculptures of Shiva and Parvati are also seen.

What intrigued us the most in Elephanta Island was the sculpture of the Trimurti. It was about 20 feet and the three heads represented Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. The sculptures were very beautiful and imposing, mesmerizing the beholders with its intricate cuttings. We took photographs inside the cave and visited other caves too. It was a totally new experience to me making me marvel at the artisans of the ancient India. We also had a taste of the wild blackberries sold by the local people.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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