Udaigiri Caves, Madhya Pradesh, India  (with Heliodorus column and Vidisha)


About five km from Vidisha are twenty Gupta cave shrines cut into a sandstone hill. Dating from 320 to 606 CE, two are Jain, the other eighteen Hindu; many still have carvings, sculptures, and inscriptions in Pali. A huge image of Vishnu in his boar incarnation adorns cave 5. The king Chandragupta II apparently had cave 7 cut out for his personal use. On the top of the hill lie the ruins of a 6th century Gupta temple. 

    [- Adapted from Lonely Planet India, 2003; Aug 05]

Road to Udaigiri caves

Udaigiri caves

Gupta-era temple remains

Narasimha


Cave entrance


Shivalingam


Udaigiri caves


Sculpture


Pali script


Snake


Discovered on a river bed


Vidisha museum


Udaigiri village


Raisen fort


Udaigiri village home


Heliodorus column


Landscape


Landscape


Landscape


Landscape


Wildflowers


Betwa river


Betwa river ghat


Road kill

 



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