Elephanta, also known as Gharapuri is a tiny island located about 10 kilometers from the Mumbai harbor. Famous for the beautiful cave shrine that was excavated in the 6th century, Elephanta is a popular tourist site in Mumbai. A World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves originally had a marvelous carved elephant on the island.
The magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva showcases extraordinary architecture. The imposing pillars and the nine sculptured panels are exceptionally well designed.
Organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, the Elephanta Festival is primarily a festival of music and dance. During the festival, the idol also known as Maheshmurti in the main cave of the island is illuminated. The festival has proved to be a major attraction among tourists.
Time to celebrate
The Elephanta Festival is one of the most popular festivals of Mumbai. It is held in February every year.
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