Bibi Ka Maqbara |
The rock cut caves Elephanta island are 9km into the sea, from Mumbai. They were carved out between 450 and 750 AD when the island was the capital of a major naval power. The Portuguese, who later captured the island called it Elephanta after the huge elephant statue found near the shore. There is one main cave with a number of large sculpted panels, all relating to Shiva. The most famous of the panels is the impassive ;Trimurti' or 'Maheshmurti' a masterpiece of Indian sculptural art. It depicts Shiva as the Creator, Destroyer and Preserver... in one.
By launch from Gateway Of India, Murnbai, at a distance of 9