There are many Buddha temples located in the East side of India near Calcutta as Lord Buddha had given his teachings mainly in this region. Most of the pilgrims visit the famous places of pilgrimage like Baudhgaya and Sanchi stoop etc. However, the remote places of pilgrimage like Udaygiri and Khandgiri caves near the city of Bhuveneshwar in the Puri district are generally not visited by many pilgrims. That is why it is really convenient to visit these cave Buddha temples while visiting Bhuveneshwar.
You can easily reach these caves temples by hired car or taxis or by bus service from Bhuveneshwar, which is only around 6 miles away. One can have a day’s outing to visit these ancient temples. These two Mountains Udaygiri and Khandgiri are located in the middle of the thick forests. These cave temples have been made by digging up these Mountains before around 3000 years from today. There are two rows of rooms below these caves. The first couple of rooms are known as queen’s palace. This cave is also called Rani Nur. This cave is around 50 feet by 45 feet in size. In spite of its location away from the sunshine, the caves remain always lighted due to some unknown passage of sunlight. There are eight gates above these caves and one has to pass through the open space to enter other caves in line. There are statues of three lions, elephants, and human beings. There are also eight gates on the ground floor with exactly the same layout as the first floor. There is a Ganesh cave in the North of both these main caves. The caves called gate of heaven, Hanspuri, Gopalpuri, and Munchpuri are all located little away from the main caves. All these caves are really worth seeing as it contains the pictures and statues of Lord Buddha. The other caves like elephant cave, wind cave, and snake cave are also worth visiting. There is a statue of a large snake having three heads at the entrance of this snake cave. There are around 27 caves at this location in all. The tourists can visit around 15 caves out of these. There is other Mountain known as Shandgiri near to these caves. The tourists would find the Anant cave on their climb to the Mountain of Shandgiri. This cave has the largest statue of Lord Buddha in sitting posture. There are rows of statues of women and Lord Buddha behind the Anant cave. There is a gorgeous temple of Lord Parasnath at the top of this mountain. This temple was built in the Eighteenth century by the Jain religion followers. There is a large open space called Devplace outside this temple. There is a very large pond called Akashganga here outside the temple.
All these temples and the caves are really worth seeing particularly for the tourists having interest in the ancient caves and the temples. There are no hotels available for the night stay. However, the tourists can stay at dharmshala available at these caves. However, there are no modern facilities available for the tourists here like attached toilets, hot water, and the good beds. The food items are also not available here in many varieties. Hence, make sure to carry your own food and the drinking water supply with you. It must be remembered to avail the guide services while visiting these caves as there are chances that you may miss some very well known spots and can get lost inside the caves. There are Government approved guides available at the rate ofaroundRs.200 ($5) per day of eight hours. Very few visitors visit this rare place of pilgrimage. However, as I am one of them, I do understand what is missed by the people who have not visited these ancient, historical caves. The thick forest around these cave temples provide ample opportunity for the forest hiking for the people fond of adventurous sports.
Based on this information, would you like to be the one to visit these marvelous caves even after suffering some inconveniences?