Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cave No. 4, Elephenta

Elephanta is famous for the magnificent Great Cave. But there are also other caves here that are not in great shape. One among them is Cave No. 4 built anytime between 6th and 7th century A.D.



It has a portico in front of the cave with several entrances. On either side of central entrance there was probably a chapel or room with pillars in front. The central entrance on the portico leads to a damaged shrine. 



The shrine door has door-keepers at each side, leaning on dwarfs, with door-keepers and demons on the jamb and architrave. The shrine is a plain room 6 m deep by 6 m wide with a low altar, holding a Shiva Linga. 

25 comments:

Siddhartha Joshi said...

It's really sad to see the state of the caves...somehow I have never been to the caves though I love so close by...

rupam sarma said...

wonderful photos from Elephenta

Cloudia said...

fascinating!

Blogoratti said...

Really interesting place, nice of you to share!

Jeevan said...

Wonderful perspective on the cave!

Light and Voices said...

I like the first photograph BEST because there are people in the image.
The second photo does peak an interest wondering what is behind the doorway. Interesting photos this week. Thanks for posting.
JM, IL-U.S.A.

Akshay Kumar G said...

Fascinating. Never knew about this.

D. Prabhu said...

Beautiful :)

krishna said...

I've another regret, I was in Bombay but i never made it to Elephanta... I made a big mistake by not making a trip there.. those are magnificent and amazing.. The artists build them without any modern high end instruments...

joshidaniel.com said...

really nice :)

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice images.

Gillena Cox said...

wow! you included a bit of the rock formation, fantastic

have a good Thursday

much love...

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, it looks like an amazing area!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Things like this are so amazing to me.

ladyfi said...

Fascinating caves!

LifeRamblings said...

What a unique looking cave.

Lay Hoon Chua said...

So fascinating !
What is in the cave ?

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Barb said...

You can see the massive size of the caves in that first photo. I am a bit claustrophobic, so I don't think I'd venture inside. Is it safe to enter or dangerous if the stone is crumbling?

Somali K Chakrabarti said...

The door to the past.

Jeannie Marie said...

I always learn about something new here. What an intriguing place to visit.

Maya Harrison said...

That's a really interesting cave. I have never ever been to any caves. Someday I'd like to see one in person. Nice post.

GreenComotion said...

Very majestic, even if not in the best shape!
Nice one, Rajesh!
Have a Beautiful Weekend!
Peace :)

Easwar Arumugam said...

that the cave in ruins jolts me. nice capture

ArchanaC Kapoor said...

fab pictures...

Ranjana's craft blog said...

I'm planning to visit this place from years :(
Lovely photos