Saturday, 7 July 2012

Sepia Saturday 133 - Elephanta Caves

Well, I'm now back from India ... back from the Indian monsoon to the great British summer, or not as the case may be as we seem to have 80 plus weather warnings in the UK. Apart from the usual tourist tat, which was not not sepia in the slightest, I did not see anything appropriate for the elephant theme of this week's Sepia Saturday, so instead have used a couple of photos I took during my last trip to India when we managed to get some free time outside of the meetings to visit Elephanta Island. Elephanta Island is just off the coats of Mumbai and is home to a system of cave temples, carved out of the rock. The original statue of an elephant was what gave the island and caves their name, but after an aborted attempt by Portuguese explorers to take the statue back to Portugal, it is now in Mumbai's Victoria and Albert museum. These stone sculptures below are dedicated to the god Shiva.

Stone sculpture inside Elephanta Caves

Stone sculpture inside Elephanta Caves

    

For those of you used to reading my Sepia Saturday posts in my vintage postcards blog or my vintage magazines blog, this blog is dedicated to my various thoughts and musings which don't typically fit elsewhere. So you'll come across some of my other passions here, for example steam trains and London mews.

5 comments:

  1. That must have been an interesting tour.

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  2. I thought the United States was the only place with Fahrenheit temperatures. Today it is only supposed to be 80 plus here. Yesterday it was 102° F.

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    1. Ah no ... I did not mean 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Probably my bad grammar. I actually meant more than 80 weather warnings, and weather warnings here in the UK at the moment refers to flood warnings. Temperate wise we have yet to reach summer this year so it would seem.

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  3. Pity you couldn't get a picture of the elephant itself.

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  4. You see we said you’d come up with something! I bet nobody else has an elephant ‘island' connection.

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