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Udaygiri Caves

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3rd Oct 17

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq3.6/5

3023 reviews

Fine example of sculpture art

Udayagiri Caves are situated at a distance of 10 Km from Sanchi, in district Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. These caves are the great and fine example of sculpture art as artists narrated the figural stories by their perfect and excellent workmanship. These caves were built by Chandragupta after defeating the Shakas about 4th to 5th CE. All these caves were carved and completed under the sponsorship of Chandra Gupta II. Boundless faith of Chandragupta II, in the Hindu and Jain religions embodied in these caves through the art work.Udayagiri hill consists of U shaped highland of rocks and other way like a tortoise shaped, so peaks are easily accessible through the rocky ways.There are twenty caves among cave 1 & 2 are dedicated to Jain Deities and rest caves are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations and to Lord Shiva.Cave 1, has the four pillars with vase and flower motifs and sanctum has the image of Tirthankar. Cave 3 is dedicated to war god Karttikeya. Cave 4 has the rectangular rock cut plinth and dedicated to Lord Shiva and Linga has the beautiful image of Shiva with hair cascading down, which symbolizes the descendent of Ganga on earth. Cave 5, is an iconic piece and spectacular as Lord Vishnu is with Boar head incarnation, its like tableau. Cave 6, is also a rock cut cave, and the image is missing, and either side of the entrance Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva's images are sculpted and Goddess Durga slaying the Buffalo demon and Lord Ganesha also seated left side the entrance and other side the Goddess Mother. Cave 8, is a dome type and not having any image but rear wall have inscription of historical importance and a lotus carved in the ceiling and inner chamber with the images of guards either side of the entrance. Cave 12 is a niche, house the standing image of the Narsimha. Cave 13, house a large relaxing image of Lord Vishnu and a knelled devotee that might be the depiction of Chandra Gupta II himself. Cave 14, consists of a adjourned grade compartment of which only two sides are protected and not having much carving. Cave 18, is a masterpiece as it is a single rock cut cave at the entrance depiction of Ganga and Yamuna and inside a portico with carved pillars, beams and ceilings and dedicated to the Lord Shiva as Nandi is attentive to Shiva it also have many inscriptions in Sankha lipi or Brihmi may be Prakrit too. Cave 20, is closed which is situated at the top edge of the hill.It is a most important Archaeological site and under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India. According to the inscription available in cave No. 8, this work was composed by Minister Virasena.If it is visited just after the rain Udaygiri offers an outstanding panoramic view. Visitors may enjoy various tastes in Jungle Resort situated close to the caves and may visit the Column of honour which was erected as homage to Lord Vishnu by Haileo at Kham Baba about 4 km from Udaygiri Caves.

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Ravi Agarwal3.6/5

22 reviews

Best time to see this place is winter

Place is good but not so excellent. Udaygiri cave is situated 5 km from vidisha city. And it is well connected by road. Udaygiri cave is spread in huge area that's why it takes lot of time to see whole rock cut temple and monument and that result in tiredness. Best time to see this place is winter.
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Saurabh Srivastav3.2/5

11 reviews

Udaygiri Caves - The wise add on to Sanchi visit

Good for a brief half hour visit. The caves depict rock sculpture related to Hindu mythology. Winters are the best time. You can have good snaps of the rocks also as the landscape is distinct and attractive.

Mohan Poduval4.6/5

43 reviews

Truely amazing

The era where Lord Vishnu has taken His Incarnation. A must see place carved from rock of this hill, it is truly amazing that it has withstood time for generations to see. Although the most of the statues are under lock and key (due to vandalism) but one can have a glimpse from the outside. The main attraction is the sleeping Lord Vishnu and the Shiv Linga.
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Abhishek Choudhary3.6/5

23 reviews

An ancient cave, best in winter

It is an ancient cave if 1st century BC. It is nearby to sanchi stupa, so no special visit needed. It is on satpura mountain range with full of greenery. Best time to visit is sunny day of winter season.

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