Location of Khandagiri caves :
Khandagiri caves are located at the distance of six kilometers from
Bhubaneshwar. The caves of Khandagiri are located at the height of the 118
feet. It is situated on the hill rock slope facing the Udayagiri caves.
Khandagiri means the 'broken hill' and the Udayagiri means 'hill of the
of Khandagiri :
Khandagiri houses the total of 15 caves. Each cave of Khandagiri is
beautifully designed with the paintings and motifs. The caves of Khandagiri
can be reached either by climbing the flight of steps leading from the road,
up from the main entrance of the Udayagiri caves or by cutting directly
across from the Hathi Gumpha, via the steps that drop down from the cave 17.
Akshya Ganga, Gupta Ganga, Shyam Kund and Radha kund are some of the most
famous caves of the Khandagiri. The most interesting among them all is the
24 Tirthankaras Cave, which contains the carvings of the twenty four
Apostles of Jainism on the monolithic stones.
Visit Cave 1 and 2 popularly known as the parrot cave because of the
because of the carvings of the birds on the doorway arches. They are also
locally known as the Tatowa cave. Explore the Ananta Cave (snake cave),
which contains the carvings of the elephants, womens and the birds carrying
flowers. The Anantha Gumpha also contains the decoration in the shape of the
serpent at the entrance. It is the most impressive cave among all the other
caves of the Khandagiri. The best place to visit at Khandagiri is the modern
Jain temple at the top of the hill, dedicated to the, Mahavira, the 24th
tirthankara (Jain teacher).
The caves of Khandagiri are famous as the popular Jain pilgrimage center.
It is believed that these caves in the ancient times were inhabited by the
number of Jain scholars. They are believed to be over 2000 years old. These
caves presents the finest example of the Jain and Buddhist occupation.
Excursion from Khandagiri caves :
Apart from the Khandagiri caves you can also explore the caves of
Udayagiri, lying next to them. The caves of Udayagiri are equally
interesting as the caves of the Khandagiri. You can venture on the top of
the hill admiring the surrounding beauty. You may come across several
monkeys on the hills. You can feed them with the fruits and peanuts
available at the outside stalls.
Entry Fee :
The entry fee to the caves is around Rs 100. The cave remains open from 8
am to 6 pm. The best time to visit these caves is after the month of March.
Wear light summer clothes during the summers and light woolens during the