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One of them is renowned for a relief statue of the Hindu god Shiva in his three-headed mode: Creator (facing left in photo), Protector (center), and Destroyer (right).
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History in brief
Although the religious purpose of the caves are obvious, no one knows exactly who built them. When is also unknown, but the best guess is between the 6th and 8th century. People stopped worshipping in the caves when the colonial era began.
Five are of the Hindu, two are of the Buddhist persuasion. The Hindu Cave 1 (also called Mahesammurti or Great Cave) is significantly more important and interesting than the others. It's the one virtually all the visitors come to view, partially because it's home to the three-headed Shiva statue mentioned above.
When Portuguese explorers spotted a sizeable stone elephant on the island, they renamed it "Elephanta".
Elephanta Caves are on a small island 10 kilometers (6 miles) from south Mumbai. To reach it, you board a one-hour-long tour-boat ferry from the city's landmark Gateway to India arch.
Ellora and Ajanta -
India's other two famous caves
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