Udayagiri Cave 03

Published: 23.07.2011
Updated: 18.12.2012
Chota Hathi Gumpha

Udayagiri Cave 3: Chhota Hathi Gumpha

photo: British Library


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The Hathi Gumpha or 'Elephant Cave' is a large natural cavern that was slightly enlarged, it has a small cell with one door. The arch over the entrance is decorated with flowers, and flanked with elephants carved in high relief. There is an inscription over the entrance of King Kharavela who reigned in the 1st century BC. Other Brahmi inscriptions contain the names of monks and ascetics.


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