Elephanta is a small island 10kms away from Mumbai harbor that is another of the hot tourist destination around Mumbai. Especially popular among the culture lovers and all those interested in pristine cave architecture and exotic festivals.
Every February Elephanta islands host the Elephanta festival, dedicated
to the classical Indian Dance and Music. Artists from across the country
converge on the occasion conjuring a mesmerizing atmosphere on this
Organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) the
festival see a massive inflow of music and dance lovers along with
tourists in search of Maharashtra'a ethnic culture and tradition. Chief
attraction of the festival is the illuminated Maheshmurti (Shiva-idol),
in the main cave of the island. During this festival, local fisher
communities present colorful folk dances and ethnic local cuisines make
the ambience deliciously charming.
It is also the time when renowned dancers and musicians perform outside
the caves, beneath a star spangled sky, to the niche audience. Special
launch services and catering arrangements are provided for visitors.
Delving through the pages of History, earlier Elephanta was known as
Puri or Gharapuri, once a powerful coastal kingdom. The island was
usurped by the Portuguese and they named it Elephanta after they came
across a majestically carved monolithic stone elephant here. The
Elephanta islands harbors world-renowned Elephanta Caves that comes
under World Heritage Sites. These caves have legends created around Lord
Shiva, aesthetically engraved on the beautiful rock cave temples.
How to Reach Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Island is in the middle of Mumbai Harbour, 10 Km northeast of
the Gateway of India. You have regular Motor launch services that leave
from the wharf, next to the Gateway of India, from 8 am to 3 pm. Don't
miss out you boat if you are really waiting for a wonderful outing among
the nature's bounty and the ride becomes all the more exciting if the
occasion is that of attending the Elephanta Festival.
|Attraction||Dance & Music Festival|