Friday, November 23, 2012

Elephanta Island


Thanksgiving - a day off school - and a great reason to take a day trip with friends to Elephanta Island.  To get there we went down to the Gateway of India and took a one hour ferry ride to the island.



There was a toy train on the island but it didn't go far and we preferred to walk.



 The caves on Elephanta Island are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The caves date from the 5th to the 8th centuries.    The caves are full of rock carvings dedicated to the god Shiva, and some to his wife Parvati and all are over 5 metres tall.  Unfortunately many of the beautiful sculptures have been destroyed by the Portuguese who used them as target practice.


This was my favourite of all the carvings.  It's called the Trimurti and is over 6 metres in height.  The three headed Shiva represents the essential qualities of the god:  creation, protection and destruction.



After going to the caves we went shopping, but Sharon and Kylie went home - this is the shot they got on the way home of Haji Ali's Darga.  I've been trying to get a shot like this for months!


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