Elephanta consists of two groups of caves — the first is a group of five Hindu caves and the second of two Buddhist caves. This book takes readers on a splendid journey through the magnificent cave temple, studying its architectural genius and trying to interpret the myths of Lord Shiva depicted brilliantly in the spectacular stone sculptures.
With a large number of outstanding photographs and information on the ongoing attempts to preserve the monument that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, the book serves as a riveting guide to a truly sublime, historical wonder.
George Michell obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for his dissertation on early-Chalukya temple architecture. Since then, his research has ranged from surveys of town planning and Islamic buildings to studies of Hindu temple architecture and sculpture. During the 1980s and 1990s, he and Dr. John M. Fritz co-directed an extensive survey of Hampi-Vijayanagara.
Among his many publications are: The Royal Palaces of India, Hindu Art and Architecture, The Great Temple at Thanjavur, Mughal Architecture and Gardens, Late Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries and, together with Helen Philon, Islamic Architecture of Deccan India.