Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are partially natural and partially artificial caves, lying near Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Orissa, holding their own significance on archaeological, historical and religious maps of India. Situated on two adjacent hills – Udayagiri and Khandagiri – these amazingly and elaborately carved caves are visited by a number of national and international tourists. A line of Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves in Bhubaneswar Orissa Hotels are available here to provide the visitors comfortable accommodation with all the latest services and facilities.
It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela. Udayagiri is a home to as many as 18 caves while Khandagiri holds a total of 15 caves. In the inscription of Hathigumpha, the caves are referred as the Kumari Parvat. Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are mentioned as lena or leṇa in the inscriptions.
Ranigumpha, a double storied monastery, located at Udaygiri is known as the most significant cave among all. However, Khandagiri disappoints you as a number of the Jaina caves on the Khandagiri side are facing the problems of encroachment after many local Brahmins transformed them into Hindu shrines and enfolded many Jaina iconographies, just for the sake of earning money.