state of Maharastra is infinitely. blessed with the world , renowned
Rock cut temples to the envy of many of its counterparts, and for
some of the states, rock-cut temple culture is not only new but
evokes wonder, as a matter of fact. Besides the well known Ajanta
and Ellora, the Elephanta Rock cut Siva temple lying in the Elephant
island, 9 km off Bombay, has won such approbation by the foreigners
that centuries old shrines too never enjoyed, nor could they dream
of it. Is it not due to its vicinity to metropolis and the august
scene of political activities of the nation, from where the torch of
liberty was first lit ?
temples are situated atop the hill, on the island. Among them, the
Maheshmurti shrine in the main cave is exceedingly grand. The
mastery of the sculptor wrings veneration. Here Siva is depicted in
three roles Creator, Protector and Destroyer. The sculptured panels
adorning the walls are specimens of superb craftsmanship. The TRIO
in the panel is given prominent position. The panels illustrate
several pouranic episodes with Siva and Parvathi as protagonists.
The sculptural excellences and the
portrayal draw out divinity in the viewers and wring veneration more
the gay folks go there for ,recreation and relaxation, they
invariably visit this and feel their drooping devotion gets
rekindled and replenished unknown to themselves. That is the impact
of Siva mahima simple and sublime.
treasure lies on a hill in the Elephant island, 9 km off India gate
of Bombay city accessible by steam boat.