Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture (part 2)

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture (part 2)

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture (part 2)

Khandagiri:

As we entered through the main gate… We were surprised to see the monkeys sitting in each and every row of the steps. Some were fighting with each other, some were holding their babies in their lap as well as some were playing.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Must visit place in Orissa
View of Khandagiri Cave

There were 2 to 3 vendors who were selling nuts for the monkeys. Every tourist bought that in a paper cone. We also bought 3 of them and as we crossed few steps upwards, the monkeys came in front of us and raised their hands towards us. We handed over the paper cone full of nuts and they happily went away. They didn’t harm any tourist.

After all these, we finally reached our first reaching point from where we started climbing rocks. Though there were stairs this time we choose bit adventurous.

Khandagiri hill holds less number of caves than Udayagiri. Jaina caves in Khandagiri are increasingly influenced by local Brahmins turning them into Hindu shrines.

Some of the notable caves among the 15 caves are Tatowa Gumpha (Cave 1), Tatowa Gumpha No.2 (Cave 2) & Ananta Gumpha (Cave 3).

So without wasting any time we headed towards Tatowa Gumpha (Cave 1) which, uniquely named for the depiction of parrots carved above the entrance arch. Moreover, the cave was ornamented with the carving of rich history along with the carvings of two doorkeepers, and two lions and bulls.

Moreover, we headed towards Tatowa Gumpha No.2 (Cave no 2) which was more or less same as Cave No 1. 

So we turned up to the Ananta Gumpha (Cave 3) which was also highly ornamented with the exquisite sculptures of women, elephants, athletes, geese carrying flowers.

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture

Names of Caves at Khandagiri :

Cave Number

Name Cave Number

 Name

1

Tatowa Gumpha 1 8 Barabhuji Gumpha

2

Tatowa Gumpha 2 9 Trusula Gumpha
3 Ananta Gumpha 10

Ambika Gumpha

4

Tentuli Gumpha 11 Lalatendukesari Gumpha
5 Khandagiri Gumpha 12,13,15

Cave Name Unknown

6

Dhyana Gumpha 14

Ekadasi Gumpha

7 Navamuni Gumpha  

 

The scenic view took our breath away. Such an amazing view and our eyes witnessed that spectacular view of the surroundings.After crossing almost all the cave we finally reached the top of the cave.

As we told earlier in our previous blog on Daringbadi – Kashmir of Orissa (Odisha) that the weather was too much windy along with little rain…

Ohoo…You didn’t read it till now !!! Go and read it…

So like previous, this time also the weather showed us the beauty of the blustery wind along with dripping rain. Moreover, we felt like the winds continuously kissing us and made our body lighter. We literally enjoyed every bit of it.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Must visit place in Orissa
Temple on the top of Khandagiri Cave

Digambara Jaina Temple, one of the famous temples situated on the top of Khandagiri Hill.Not to mention that Jaina Tirthankara images were worshipped inside the temple.

Likewise, we took some photographs and made our way towards the downside.

Together with lots of good memories inside our heart, we left behind the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves heading towards our hotel. We ended our day.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture (part 2)

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