This slim volume on the UNESCO world heritage site of Elephanta caves near Mumbai by noted historian Goerge Michell is a good reference guide as and when you visit the monument. Elephanta caves on an island off Mumbai are the first known Hindu caves as all the caves dated before this one, are either Buddhist or Jain caves – be it at Ajanta or in Karla. This cave holding a unique and giant image of Shiva with three faces makes it important both from history, art history and religious history perspective.
Each and every aspect of the cave is explained with pictures and sketch diagrams. High-resolution pictures help you visualize what is being explained in the text. The sketch diagrams out the images and the orientation in perspective and also explain the highly geometric and symmetric base of the cave. Each and every carving on the wall is explained with pictures and with the stories and episodes from Shiva’s life that they depict. Continue reading