Udayagiri Caves 1/2 by Tripoto
September - May
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5 out of 69 attractions in Bhubaneswar
Sagnik Basu
Never in your life I would have expected a cave to fascinate me! Rising abruptly amidst a wide expanse of arid lateritic soil the hills Udayagiri and Khandagiri separated from each other by a narrow row through which passes modern road between Bhubaneswar and Chandaka. The ancient names of the twin hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri are Kumari and Kumara parvatas respectively. . There are total 33 rock cut caves on both the hills out of which 18 caves are excavated on Udayagiri hill while 15 are on the Khandagiri hill. Generally caves are single storied but a few of them are double storied also. Many of the caves have beautiful carvings that reveal a lot about its origin and past. Inscription and carvings on the walls show that they once served as Jain Monasteries. Few caves also show connection to Buddhism.
Yamini Vijendran
Rock cut caves, Buddhism and Jainism. These caves were supposedly carved to accommodate Jain monks by the then King. There are a lot of inscriptions on the walls, and the ingenuity in their design is quite impressive.