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Jain Monuments

Jainism in Odisha, it was the 23rd tirthankara, Parsvanth, who gave the fillip to the tradition and did considerable preaching here in the 8th century BC. A king named Karakundu of Kalinga built Karakanda vihar for the propagation of Jainism. It is also mentioned the most famous of 24 Jain tirthankaras, the last, Vardhaman Mahavira visited the ancient Kalinga capital of Taoshali. Many archaeological finds unearthed across the State related to Jainism.

Khandagiri and Udayagiri

Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves are partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance located 6 kms away from Bhubaneswar. The caves are situated on two hills Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvat in Hathigumpha inscription and face each other across the road. They have a number of finely and ornately carved caves. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out huge residential blocks for the Jain monks, during the reign of King Kharavela. Udayagiri meaning Sunrise Hill, has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.

You can easily reach Khandagiri and Udaygiri through taxi, or auto riksha.