Udayagiri Caves Reviews
Off the tourist path Feb 13, 2013
If you are visiting the stupas at Sanchi, then you might consider visiting these caves as an easy half-day trip from Sanchi. The caves are home to Hindu gods, and these days, they are more of a tourist attraction than an active place of worship. Constructed during the fourth to fifth centuries, these fourteen caves are a great example of the quality of work that was produced during the Gupta period. There are some unique features about this place:
- One of the caves has a Shiva lingam pillar (common practice), but this one actually has the head of Shiva visible on the front.
- One of the caves depicts Varaha, one of the incarnations of Vishnu.
Such features are rare in religious carvings. It was sad to see the god Vishnu in Cave 13, as his head had been destroyed during Muslim rule. Despite this, all of the caves are remarkably well-preserved.
To get here, take a rickshaw from Sanchi or get a local shared taxi to Udayagiri, to catch a local taxi to the caves there. The price is fair whichever option you take! Your rickshaw driver will take you to the caves, and there is always an official that will provide you with access and give you some information too. Though the caves are free, a small tip for the guide is always nice!
Very unique and off the beaten path.
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