Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cave No. 4, Elephenta

Elephanta is famous for the magnificent Great Cave. But there are also other caves here that are not in great shape. One among them is Cave No. 4 built anytime between 6th and 7th century A.D.



It has a portico in front of the cave with several entrances. On either side of central entrance there was probably a chapel or room with pillars in front. The central entrance on the portico leads to a damaged shrine. 



The shrine door has door-keepers at each side, leaning on dwarfs, with door-keepers and demons on the jamb and architrave. The shrine is a plain room 6 m deep by 6 m wide with a low altar, holding a Shiva Linga. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Champaner

The historical place Champaner was named by this name in the 8th century by the King Vanraj after General Champa. Later this place was ruled by Rajputs and Gujarat Sultans. Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada in the 15th century rebuild this place and whatever we see today here is constructed in that period.



Today the place is part of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. The historical monuments here consist of a series of fortifications, temples, mosques which can be seen on the hill top as well as plains below it.



Most prominent places of interest in this site are:
  • Jami Masjid
  • Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph
  • Nagina Masjid and Cenotaph
  • Lila Gumbaj Ki Masjid
  • Saher-Ki-Masjid
  • Bawaman Mosque
  • Kamani Masjid
  • Citadel Walls
  • Kabutarkhana Pavilion
Being the country side one can also see some birds and flowering trees.