Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hati Gumpha, Udaygiri

Hati Gumpha is located on Udayagiri hill near Bhubaneswar. This natural cave is of the period 1st century B.C. when Mahameghavahana Chedi dynasty ruled the place.




This is a large natural cavern of an irregular shape, enlarged by humans for shelter. From the engravings in this cave is a prehistoric rock art shelter.



On the brow of the rock above the cavern is the inscription of King Kharavela. There are total 17 lines of Brahmi inscription in Prakrit language. 



In 1902, in order to protect the inscription from the effect of weather, Archaeological Survey of India has built a masonry-shed over it. 

35 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post.

http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/03/the-mughal-wonders-of-lucknow.html

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

lovely pictures mate

JM said...

Fantastic! Glad the inscription is now protected.

Lowell said...

Prehistoric! That's older than I am! You have so many truly ancient treasures in your country.

Carver said...

You photograph so many remarkable places.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful. I am glad the inscription is being preserved.

Al said...

That's awesome. My city isn't much more than 100 years old, there's nothing like this on my continent.

Laloofah said...

How interesting! Of course now I'm curious what King Kharavela had to say! :-)

Those smaller rock dwellings visible in the first photo remind me a bit of the Gila Cliff Dwellings in Airzona/New Mexico here in the US.

SandyCarlson said...

Your images redefine history for me.

LifeRamblings said...

how fascinating. thanks for the virtual tour.

ladyfi said...

What a fabulous place!

Leovi said...

Yes, this place is very nice, beautiful pictures! I like those buildings in the cave.

islandwonder said...

So neat! Excellent place. Great shots!

Zuzana said...

How very interesting. I visited similar caves in New Mexico, I believe they were the dwellings of the Anasazi.;)
Not sure you celebrate Easter, but would like to wish you and yours a very happy one.;)
xoxo

Team G Square said...

Have been to this place .

Jeevan said...

That’s a wonderful job by ASI to protect the nature wonder bearing manuscripts! Nice shots

Annemor said...

I'm happy to read that the insciptions are sheltered against the weather effect.
Delightful photos.
Mormor

Sylvia K said...

Awesome captures as always, Rajesh, and such fascinating history! Thank you, as always, for sharing it with us!

MyMaracas said...

I love to imagine what it might have been like to live in such a place. Fascinating.

joanne said...

wow, I am thrilled to learn about this place...it is like nothing I have ever seen....and your pix are great...

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the historic dwellings.

Sridharan said...

Remarkable..!

eileeninmd said...

Great tour, the caves sounds like a neat place to see. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Wow, neat cave!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wonderful tour and great shots of a beautiful place ~
Enjoy ^_^

LV said...

Although, I have visited several caves, they are not my favorite place. I have a fear of them.

eden said...

What a beautiful place to visit! thank you for sharing.

Nima Das said...

nice pictures

D. Prabhu said...

Amazing details :) I unable to view your post on Karkala from the link available on indiblogger.

Kiran Acharya said...

I love caves.
Great shots.

AmitAag said...

Fantastic!

Kokila Gupta said...

W...O...W !!!

Arti said...

What a great find sir. This is intriguing, full of wonder!

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Great clicks :-)

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

It's always great to see such historic places... :)