Situated in the basin of the u-shaped hill, Udayagiri is another important site of Buddhism in Odisha. It was a great centre of the Vajrayana (the Vehicle of the thunderbolt) form of Buddhism between 7th-12th centuries AD.
Excavations at Udayagiri have revealed a treasure trove of architecturally and sculpturally rich Buddhist remains that include the Buddha and Bodhisattva statues, brick monasteries, rock-cut sculptures.
Trace of Buddhist Sakti cult is revealed in the discovery an eight-armed statue of Marici. An image of a twelve-armed seated Prajnaparamita has also been found here.
How to Reach Udayagiri
Air: Nearest airport to Udayagiri is at Bhubaneswar, 90 km from this place.
Rail: Nearest railway station to Udayagiri is Cuttack which is 60 km from this place. Cuttack is connected with all major cities and places of India.
Road: Good motorable road connect Udayagiri with major places in Odisha. Krushnadaspur is the nest bus stop to Udayagiri. Several buses run between Paradeep and Cuttack via Krushnadaspur. You can also find autos from Chandikhol from where you can travel to Udayagiri. Udayagiri is 12 kms and 24 kms from Krushnadaspur and Chandikhol respectively.
Best Time to visit Udayagiri
With extreme temperatures in summers and winters in Udayagiri it is good to visit the place between October to March when daytime temperatures are pleasant.