(In the previous article, you have read how Jaishree’s curiosity to know more about the Udayagiri Cave Complex forced Emperor Kharavela to come out of oblivion and take her to the guided tour of the complex)
Jaishree – From Elephant Cave, we move towards a series of caves. There are rudimentary shelves cut into these caves. The shape of these shelves reflect that probably the monks and used those shelves to pile their sacred scriptures (on palm leaves).The only luxury I notice in these caves is the slightly raised floor towards the rear to give the comfort of a pillow. Even that might not be for a comfort but to avoid any accumulation of rain water in the cells. Some shelves are there in the walls of the verendah, probably to keep the other necessary personal things. There are stone hinges that serve the dual purpose of a curtain rod holders and also helpe in transmitting load of roofs on the pillar. Interiors of most of these caves is stark and plain, only in some caves the outer facade and brackets have carved ornamentation. Most of the caves in this complex consists of a row of cells that open either directly to a verendah or to the open spaces in front. Most of them are single storey, but there are double storey caves as well.