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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Elephanta Caves, India

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Elephanta Caves are a group of sculpted caves that have been inscribed as a World Heritage Site of India. It is located on an island known as Gharapuri, which translates as "City of Caves". The island is also known as Elephanta Island. It is located 10 km to the southeast of Mumbai.

There are two groups of caves on Elephanta Islande. The first comprises five caves with Hindu carvings, while the second, smaller group comprises two caves with Buddhist carvings. It is believed that the caves were caved between the 5th and 8th centuries, but no one knows who actually were the original carvers. The caves were originally painted, but today, once small traces of the paint remain.


Elephanta Caves, Mumbai
Elephanta Caves, Mumbai
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Elephanta Caves was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 7 - 11 December, 1987.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N18 58 0.012 E72 56 8.988 in Kolaba District, Maharashtra State, India.
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, III


Sculpture of Shiva and Parvati in the Elephanta Caves
Sculpture of Shiva and Parvati in the Elephanta Caves
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