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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.
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Walk on icebergs in Canada's arctic islands, marvel at the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon, visit one of the world's greatest dinosaur fossil sites in Mongolia, see the cave temples on Mumbai's Elephanta Island, and explore the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
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.
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3 ( ANI ): The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) organised the cultural 'Elephanta Festival' at the historical site of the Elephanta Caves off the Mumbai coast, where the audience were treated to an exotic blend of Indian classical music performances to dance fusions with western jazz.
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.
He said Maharashtra was home to four important world heritage sites, namely the Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.
For the remainder of the play, Margaret anticipates, and attempts in advance to resolve, problems both big and small: that she will be inconvenienced by Katharine's excess baggage (8), that Katharine will lose her passport (8), that their plane will crash (13-14), that gum may stick to her crowns (15), that she will be disappointed by the Taj Mahal's lack of "resonance" (18), that one of them will slip getting off the ferry at Elephanta Island (53), that the skiff they ride down the Ganges will capsize (98), or that Katharine will catch pneumonia on the river after forgetting to wear a scarf (98).
Ho*s d' hote tis t' elephanta gune* phoiniki mie*ne*i Me*ionis e*e Kaeira, pare*ion emmenai hippo*n; keitai d' en thalamo*i, polees te min e*re*santo hippies phoreein; basile'i de ketiai agalma, amphoteron kosmos th' hippo*i elateri te kudos; toioi toi, Menelae, mianthe*n halmati me*roi euphuees knemai te ide sphura kal hupenerthe.