Udayagiri Hills as the name suggests means the ‘Sunrise Hill’- which adds to the elegance of this serene landscape and i was simply elated visiting the place. These caves were built as residential blocks for Jain monks of those times and, therefore, have an aesthetic look. There is a total of 18 caves- comprising of the Udayagiri cave range.
There are several inscriptions in Brahmi inside the caves; most popular being the Hathigumpha inscription. The 18 caves comprise of the Ranigumpha, Chota Hathigumpha, Jaya-vijayagumpha, Ganeshagumpha, Rosaigumpha, Dhanagharagumpha, Mancapurigumpha, Panasagumpha among several others. These caves are famous amongst the Jain community and attract visitors not only from India but also from SAARC countries and others like Myanmar, Bhutan, Thailand, etc.
Women, elephants, flowers, geese and athlete carvings make the caves’ ambience even more worthwhile. If one wants to visit the hills with nicely carved sculptures than Udayagiri Caves are a good option. In Bhubaneswar, this place is a famous tourist destination. Caves with beautiful sculptures would count to be a nice memory of the this Temple City of India, which is Bhubaneswar in Odisha. I am a nature enthusiast and a vintage book reader so I enjoyed each bit of these caves.