Incredible Caves of India

Elephanta Island Caves
Elephanta Island Caves : The 7TH Century, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987 the Elephanta cave stands in the middle of the Island of Elephanta in the east of Mumbai Haven. The Island was once identified as the Gharapuri however renamed by the Portuguese as Elephanta subsequent to the large stone, resembled of elephant that found in the vicinity of their landing place.

The Elephanta Caves of taluka Uran lies in the district of Raigad which is located on isle hills approximately 11 km towards the north-east of the Apollo Bandar. Considered that the rock cut structural design of the cavern has been unfashionable ever since the 5th and 8th centuries.

The cave holds three large quadrangle alcove divided off by pillars of extremely large representation of a Dvarapalas, towards the east has a outline of ardhanarisvara with a appearance of Siva with the united energies of male and female and on the west; figures of Siva and Parvati playing chausar is imprinted and the Mahesa Murti of immense bust of the three outward appearance of Siva.

Badami Caves
Badami Caves : The 6th to 8th Century cavern of Badami of Agastya Lake is measured the most multifaceted cave, lies in the Bagalkot town of Badami in the northern division of the Karnataka. The famous rock scratch and configurationally temple cavern of scarlet sandstone is the personification of the Badami Chalukyas Dynasty of 540 to 757 AD.

The grotto wrapped roughly 2000 steps to get to the cave. According to the myth, In 598 to 610 AD, the Chalukyas ruler, Man gales had acquired the liability to absolute the cave temple where the cave has four divisions forename as cave I, Shaivite cave has momentous carvings of two-handed Ganesha, 18-armed dancing Shiva, Shankarnarayana and so on. Cave II have Vaishnavite influence carvings of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and other Ashtadikpalas. Cave III is known as the biggest and the most excellent carvings affected to both Shaivite and Vaishnavite idea where the last and foremost Cave IV Jain lies to the east of cave three, the cave holds image of Mahavira embellishing the chamber, sculpture of Padmavathi and many other Thirthankaras.
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