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Mumbai's Rough-Hewn Legacy April 4, 2007
text and photographs by Samir S. Patel

Ancient caves are part of the fabric of life in a megacity's suburban slums.


The Lakulisa Shiva may be gone, but the lotus on which he sat and the disciples who support it remain, if stained by some combination of seeping water and some oily substance. At one time, locals cooked and squatted within the cave, although now it is minded, to some extent, by the Archaeological Survey of India and the church that claims ownership of it.  Next >>

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Samir S. Patel is an associate editor at ARCHAEOLOGY.

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