Udayagiri Caves

Mid-August, 2010

From Sikkim, Jon and I took a jeep down to Siliguri and from there the train south to Orissa, a state located on the eastern coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal.  The state is famous for its coast, its sea-food and its beautiful temples.  A few days in the state’s capital, Bhubaneswor, gave Jon and me a chance to explore the cave temples of Udaigiri.  Here are my favorite photos from those temples.  The caves are partly natural and partly human-made, cut from the rocks themselves.  It is thought that the caves were originally cut out as living quarters for Jain monks.

Udaigiri Caves

Getting a sense of scale

Enter here

"If I were an animal, I'd be an elephant..."

Monks' quarters

meditation space

Courtyard lawn

Carving detail

Tree offerings

carving detail

Udayagiri current cave residents


About Thandiwe

Hopeful cynic, creative, seriously silly, lover of people and places, hypocrite, third-culture kid, queer, life-long learner, white woman, Christ follower, outdoor enthusiast: I am a seeker of justice and truth who has re-found my spiritual home in progressive Christianity. I serve as the Associate Pastor at a small Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation near the mountains of Colorado where I live with my beloved.
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2 Responses to Udayagiri Caves

  1. Really nice clicks beautifully depicts the beauty of Udayagiri Caves. Never see such a wonderful click. It is like taking a imaginary trip of Udayagiri Caves.

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