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Elephanta Caves

Listed under Temples in Mumbai, India.

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The Elephanta Caves on Elephanta Island are speculated to date back to the 6th century. Off the coast of Mumbai, they are home to a temple full of carvings and sculptures depicting and venerating the three faces of Shiva, known as the Trimurti of Elephanta. The temple is deemed a World Heritage site for the spiritual and cultural significance of the artwork, especially the reliefs cut high up in the cave walls.

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Elephanta Caves

The 'City of Caves', on an island in the Sea of Oman close to Bombay, contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.

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