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Udayagiri-Khandagiri Caves, Odisha

posted Oct 10, 2014, 9:28 PM by sandip mishra   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 1:31 AM ]

The Udayagiri-Khandagiri caves are just 5-6 Kms from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

Located on two adjacent hills or hillocks, these are caves made for Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela(193 BCE – after 170 BCE).

There are 18 caves in Udayagiri and 15 caves in Khandagiri. The climb to the caves is quite steep and is not friendly for senior citizens. The inscriptions are in Brahmi, Oriya, Devanagiri and in some places in Sanskrit. Some of the important caves are the Ganesh Gumpha, Sarpha Gumpha and Hathigumpha.

Beware of monkeys and vendors/shopkeepers will sell you peanuts which can be offered to the apes.

Do take time out to visit this historical place.
Ganesh Gumpha

Sarpha Gumpha