The history students of BK Birla School, Grades XI and XII went on an Educational Excursion to Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, Maharashtra, on October 10, 2018. The city is a tourist hub surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Elephanta Caves, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They also visited Gateway of India, the Taj Hotel and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
The Elephanta Caves contain rock cut stone sculptures that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography. Much of the artwork is defaced and damaged. The main temple’s orientation, as well as the relative location of other temples are placed in a mandala pattern. The carvings narrate Hindu mythologies, with the large monolithic 20 feet (6.1 m) Trimurti Sadashiva (three-faced Shiva), Nataraja (Lord of dance) and Yogishvara (Lord of Yoga) being the most celebrated. Students returned enriched and enthused seeing the beauty, grandeur, and splendour of these historical monuments.
With students and teachers together outside the classroom, new educational environments and experiences are possible. Students utilised the opportunity to observe many things that were not available at the school. Educational trips are educational experiences that allow students to apply their lessons to the real world. Such trips tend to be the most memorable moments of a student’s career.