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

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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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