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Siva Temples In Maharashtra
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Poona Ambarnath
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Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
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Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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ELEPHANT CAVES - ROCK CUT SIVA TEMPLE

The 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 ?

These 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

vivid portrayal draw out divinity in the viewers and wring veneration more than admiration.

Though 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.

This treasure lies on a hill in the Elephant island, 9 km off India gate of Bombay city accessible by steam boat.

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