May 08, 2005

Shiva - Elephanta Caves

Sandeep and I decided to go out this Saturday... First, we went to the Mahalakshmi mandir, and took a darshan of the beautiful, ever merciful goddess of wealth.

From there, me went via Churchgate, to the Gateway of India. From there, we hitched a ferry on to the Elephanta island. It was the farthest I had gone on sea.. and the cruise was magnificent!

The island got its name from an elephant statue which welcomed the first Britishers on these islands. Before that, It used to be called Gharapuri, or the island of caves.

It's a bane that tourists get milked and exploited so much, in India. First you have to pay to get in, and pay to see the caves, and pay more to drink water, eat food and what not ... Well, after paying enough, and a small uphill trek, we could get a glimpses of those caves. It appeared to us, as a half-constructed Shiva temple, with lots of nice statues and lingas. Most of the statues were destroyed, thanks to the ignorant firangees before us, who supposedly broke these down for fun and amusement... what a shame!

Trimurti, Elephanta


Then, we went on the back side of the hill, climbed up to see the mighty bandhuks on the Cannon hill. The view was breath-taking from the top! It kinda' reminded me of playing Age of Kings. Well, we were quite tired after that. We climbed down and waved goodbye to the enchanted island and it's marvellous relics...

2 comments:

Vetty Max said...

Paying to see the monuments is fine with me, but its water costing much more than it does elsewhere, which is the problem and there needs to be some change. In most cases its a monopoly and you have to pay out because there is no competitor nearby.

guilt said...

It's actually called daylight robbery.