Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nayakpada Cave - Patali Shrikhetra - Boudh - Odisha

Nayakpada Cave:

Nayakpada Cave
 The Nayakpada Cave is located at a distance of  12 Km. from Boudh town, in the Boudh-Bhubaneswar road. Once upon a time this cave was asram of  sadhus.

Hanuman Statue on the entrance of step roads towards Nayakpada Cave
 The forest here is in rich of different types of flora and fauna. Here ,one can breathe the nature in its virgin state and truly delight in the grandeur of the flora and fauna.

Step Road Towards Nayakpada Cave
  This cave  was said to have been associated with mythology. It is said that the Hindu devotees hide the idols of the Lords Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra  in these caves to save them from the Moghul attacks.

Ganesh Murti on the midway
 According to the Madala Panji and many other historical references, Lord Jagannath was kept hidden for nearly 144 years inside this cave, and so this is also popularly known as Patali Shrikhetra, with reference to the present abode of the deities at Shrikhetra or Puri.

Road Towards Cave
 As we climbed upwards following the tortuous pathways full of rich flora and fauna, we approached the cave. Inside it was the idol of a sage, who the priest there claimed as Rishyasringa.

Lord Krishna and Rukmini with Asta Sakhi

Before we reached the cave, we saw the idols of the Lords (Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra) and a few more gods and goddesses on the way. 

Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Sister Subhadra
 Inside the Caves you can see bats hanging all arround. Concrete Step Roads Made to the Caves. In the entrance to the step road, a beautiful hanuman statue made.

Bats are Handing in cave
 In top of hill, a small ashram is present, where a sadhu living.

Patali Shrikhetra Cave (Inside this cave Lord Jaganath Hide for 144 years)

Maa Durga Idol , Near the Ashram
How to Reach:
Take National Highway from Boudh to Bhubaneswar, after crossing 12kms in right side you can see a paved road goes towards nayakpada cave. A signboard also present on the road, as mentioned "Road Towards Patali Shrikhetra". From That point to Nayakpada cave is 3kms.