Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. They are located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri - the city of caves, in Mumbai Harbour, to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Mahārāshtra.

The island, consists of five Shaivite caves and a few Buddhist stupa mounds that may be dating to the 2nd century BCE, as well as a small group of two Buddhist caves with water tanks. The small island is dotted with numerous ancient archaeological remains that are the sole testimonies to its rich cultural past. The most important among the caves is the great Cave 1, which measures 39 metres from the front entrance to the back.



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