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(ĕlĭfăn`tə), island, c.2 sq mi (5.2 sq km), in Mumbai harbor, Maharashtra state, W India. It is noted for six Brahmanic caves, carved (8th cent.) from solid rock some 250 ft (76 m) above sea level. The Great Cave, the largest (130 ft/40 m long), contains gigantic pillars supporting its roof and colossal statuary, most notably the famous three-headed bust of the Hindu god Shiva. The caves are much visited by Hindu pilgrims, especially since they were restored in the 1970s. The statue of an elephant, now removed to Mumbai city, gives the island its English name. The Indian name is Gharapuri.



an island in the Arabian Sea, 8 km from Bombay. An ancient city located on Elephanta Island was destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The island is famous for its Brahmanic temple caves dating to the eighth century. The largest of these outstanding monuments of early medieval Indian art is a many-columned hall with a giant three-headed bust of Siva (about 6 m in height) and numerous reliefs.


Burgess, J. The Rock-Temples of Elephanta or Gharapurt. Bombay, 1871.
Chandra, P. A Guide to the Elephanta Caves. Bombay, 1957.


A strong southeasterly wind on the Malabar coast of southwest India in September and October, at the end of the southwest monsoon, bringing thundersqualls and heavy rain. Also known as elephant; elephanter.
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As well might those tablets stand in the cave of Elephanta as here.
He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described the electricity supply to Gharapuri Isle, which houses the UNESCO World Heritage site Elephanta Caves, as a 'new phase of development'.
Summary: There are three villages on Elephanta Island, where locals are mostly engaged in tourism, fishing, rice cultivation and boat repairing
The journey across India as related in Antimemoires--Benares, Madurai, Ellora, Elephanta (figure 3)--belongs to the gripping pages produced by Malraux's oracular postwar style.
His book on India, The Elephanta Suite , may have published seven years ago but he continues to be awed, impressed and astonished by Indians.
Rock marvels Tripping on history and spirituality What: While Ajanta and Ellora caves have already etched a deep place in travel guidebooks and itineraries, combine the wonders of Bhaja, Elephanta, Bahrot and Bedse for a historic appeal.
Secondary metabolites from olive (Olea europea), tea (Thea chinensis), bhang (Canabis sativa), elephanta (Elephantia sp.
Thus, in describing the caves of Kanheri and Elephanta (near Bombay), the Scottish antiquarian Hector McNeil, who had seen them in 1783, wrote:
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Il testo e composto di pezzi, dei morceaux choisis dove i capitoli sono apparentemente collegati dalla ricerca di Xavier, quando in effetti la ricerca si limita a pochi capitoli (1, 2, 6, 10); altri, come il terzo e il quarto, sono slegati tra di loro: il terzo finisce con un riferimento a una gita all'isola di Elephanta mentre il quarto inizia nel bel mezzo di una conversazione su un treno che attraversa l'India dove il narratore spiega che vuole visitare dei luoghi storici.
45) Edward Carpenter's From Adam's Peak to Elephanta was first published in 1892 by Swann Sonnenschein, London.