Thursday, October 17, 2019

Budhakhol or Buddhakhol, Buguda, Ganjam, Odisha, India A 8th Century Shiva Temple and Buddhist Caves


Budhakhol is a heritage site of Odisha located in Buguda block of Ganjam District in Odisha, India. 

At a distance of about 3 kms towards the north of Buguda is Buddhakhol, which is a scenic spot frequently visited by tourists and picnickers. 

Amidst natural surroundings there is a cluster of five temples on the top of a hill, dedicated to Lord Siva, Makareswar Swami, Gangadhareswar Swami, Jagadieswar Swami, Siddheswar Swami and Budheswar Swami, hence it’s also popularly known as Pancha Mahadeva Temple. 

The five Mahadeva temples are believed to have come up during Adi Shankaracharya’s time around 8th Century AD. 

At the upper most part of the hill a perennial stream forms a waterfall. 

The spring water flows into a water tank in which a fifty feet tall idol of Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati has come up along with an idol of Lord Hanuman at the entrance of the water tank in the last five- six years. 

The water tank is called Ganga Sagar. The spot makes for a good resting point. 

A number of Buddhist remains have been found at the place which give the impression that it was a Buddhist settlement in ancient days. 

Not far from the place there are numerous caves one of which is called Siddha Gumpha where Buddhist monks were said to have performed meditation in old days. Located on a hilltop around 3 km ride along motorable roads is an experience in itself. 

Alternatively one can take the steps to the temple. There are about 490 steps. The place is a delight for nature lovers. The landscape is surrounded by mountains and forests. A lot of people came to visit this place in winter. This is also a famous picnic place.