Monday, December 3, 2012

Udaygiri, the Jain Heritage

On the outskirts of Bhubaneswar there are two twin hills and one of them is Udayagiri. 



Here there are large number of natural as well as artificial caves that were constructed from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD.




It is believed that history of the place dates back to the times of Bhagawan Adinatha. During this period the place belonged to the Kalinga region and many brave and strong Jain Kings ruled here. Some of the cave temples were stated at the time of Lord Mahavira and others in the time of emperor Kharvel Ist Century BC and later. 



The prominent sites are:

The ancient idols in these caves stand as a unique example of its kind. We shall soon explore more of this place. 

50 comments:

Eugenia Robinson said...

Are you able to walk back into the tomb areas or is it too dangerous. This is an especially interesting compound of buildings. Love seeing the children. genie

Kavita Saharia said...

Very interesting.Will sure visit next time I am in Bhubaneswar.

lessandragr said...

These look fascinating! Can you imagine living in these caves. Do they belong to the government parks now?

Team G Square said...

Wonderful and very nicely maintained place .

Lorrie Orr said...

Interesting caves. Have you explored them? The terraced shrubs at the entrance, with the name clipped from boxwood (?) are very pretty. So green and in such straight lines.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Absolutely marvelous!

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Very nice post...never knew about this...I love your blog for taking us through all these places

rupam sarma said...

Nice post and beautiful photographs.Thanks for sharing.

Krishna said...

great info and photos

thanks

Chris said...

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Jeevan said...

Seems the place is maintained well! Wonderful images, Rajesh

vinishashah said...

wow - awesome captures - Though being a jain I had very little or almost no knowledge about it but got great info about this place here :) :)

R Niranjan Das said...

Great place. Would love to visit them someday. Nice photos Rajesh.

http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

krishna said...

I also went there, while i went on puri trip. that was an amazing experience..

DeniseinVA said...

Marvelous photos! I would love to visit India one day. I hope I get the chance.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots!

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful, fascinating captures, Rajesth. What a great place to visit!!

Gary said...

Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Island Rambles Blog said...

This is so fascinating..would love to see the caves..very interesting and beautiful, lovely shots. Thanks for the history as well. cheers

eileeninmd said...

The caves would be great to see, my hubby loves to go caving. Great shots! Thanks for sharing your world.

Fun60 said...

Once again you introduce us to the wonderful history of your country.If the walls of those caves could talk what a story they would tell.

Carver said...

Thanks for the tour of this beautiful place. I love all the green in the first shot.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Your beautiful photos bring mystical imaginings of the people who lived in and around those caves. It is unbelievable that they were able to create such art without machines or technology to help them.

Ann said...

are the caves going to crumble?

D.Nambiar said...

It's so nice to see these places still intact. These caves and carving are so precious.

Kalantikan said...

Those dwellings are incredible, and the strength of the structures through time more amazing. I wonder how they differ from those dwellings in Capadocia, Turkey. I also wonder why they lived in caves during those times, maybe the temperatures are too high or whatever!

ladyfi said...

What a fantastic place to explore.

Leovi said...

Beautiful, I like those temple Udaygiri caves.

Indrani Ghose said...

Wow! Great pictures.

George said...

I look forward to seeing more of this fascinating place. The carvings look well-preserved, considering the age of this site.

Roger Owen Green said...

I especially liked the topiary spelling out of the place's name!

ROG

Leslie: said...

It'd be haunting to go exploring in those caves!

Leslie
abcw team

Luna Miranda said...

impressive! i wonder if those caves are still safe to explore. i hope there are no earthquakes in this area.

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Carol L McKenna said...

Very enriching post and fantastic photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful!

Hazel Ceej said...

Another interesting spot in India. There's always something new to discover in your blog.

SandyCarlson said...

Your posts ALWAYS turn my sense of time upside down.

Joyful said...

Great photos Rajesh. I think it would be fun to explore there.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

informative with good captures...

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this wonderful heritage. They were inhabited by Jain monks in those days.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful captures Rajesh!


Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by as another ABC Wednesday participant, fascinating I always enjoy your posts.

Joy said...

It looks, and sounds, like a huge complex. I like the topiary.

Norma Ruttan said...

It's incredible to have something that is as old as these caves. In fact, I'd say awesome!

Tomichan Matheikal said...

How many more places to visit?

Thanks for bringing anoter place on the list.

anitaexplorer said...

Wonderful Pics. Gr8 that you shared :)

amarnaik.com said...

beautiful place

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

I've been there..Udaygiri , Khandagiri ..nice captures..:-)

Uppal said...

The images are captured so beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Good info with beautiful pictures :-)