Ferry trip to Elephanta Caves

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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."- Mark Twain

Major part of my childhood was spent at Colaba and I always dreamt of ferrying all the way to Elephanta Caves. Somehow it never happened and the experience just remained a curiousity until this Saturday all thanks to fellow PUG Jayaram from Pune :)

Met up with Jayaram at the Gateway of India. Was carrying three kids alongwith me- Shamika and two other married ones- Bhau and his wife ;) Purchasing tickets from the MTDC counter was swift and in no time we boarded the ferry. Buggers charge 10 bucks more for the upper deck...anyways no big deal.

We leave the shores and distance ourselves away from the bustling city into the sea.

Spotting a few sea vessels in all shapes and sizes.

An amazing boat ride of around 1 hour takes us to the shores of Elephanta Island.

A shaky and noisy but fun-filled mini train equal to your walking pace takes us near the base of the hill (charges Rs.10 bucks).
From hereon it was travel back into time starting off with a few exhibits on display at the museum.

Figure of ardhanarisvara, a form of Lord Shiva with the combined energies of male and female.

Gangadhara Shiva
Andhakasura Vadha Murti (Siva killing the demon)

The gigantic dwarapaals
A sculpture of Lord Shiva as Nataraja

Marriage of Lord Shiva (Uma Mahesvara)

Mahesa-murti. A colossal bust of the three forms of Siva, the aghora, turbulent and fearsome; tatpurusha, benign and meditative and vamadeva, mild pleasing and lovable.

Explorations done and we headed back gliding over the sea back to base.

HERE are a few pics. Clicked from my mobile and somehow have not come that good, the phone needs some cleanup.