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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 left alcove of the main cave may have been unfinished or may once have held some sculpture long since removed. Use of the cave by locals is now largely benign--a place to pray, read, nap, or get out of the sun during steamy Mumbai summer afternoons. The remains of the pillars are similar to those at Jogeshwari and Elephanta, and the interiors of all three caves give the appearance of having been built, rather than carved.  Next >>

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Samir S. Patel is an associate editor at ARCHAEOLOGY.

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