Patai Srikhetra Naikpada Cave
Patai Srikhetra Naikpada Cave is located 12 km from Boudh town, on the Boudh-Bhubaneswar road. Patai Srikhetra Naikpada Cave was said to have been associated with mythological history of Odisha. Once upon a time this cave was ashram of Hindu hermits and later in 5th Century BC, these caves were occupied by Buddhist monks and made it a monastery.
Forest Zone near Patai Srikhetra Naikpada Cave
The forest near Patai Srikhetra Naikpada Cave here is rich in different types of flora and fauna. According to a narration in Madala Panji, the historical records of Jagannath temple of Puri, in Puri District of Odisha, and some historical evidences of the history of Odisha, during the reign of Emperor Sovan Dev, the Jabana king Rakta bahu had attacked Shrikhetra Puri. With an apprehension of damage to deity Sri Jagannath the powerful Bhanja ruler of Oddradesha (present Boudh area) who believed in Vaishnavism and worshipped Lord Nilamadhaba at Gandharadi, took away the deities to Dhritipura under their domain. As they believed Lord Jagannath (Purushottam) as Lord Vishnu and the god of hell was undergrounded (Patali), the deities near Gopali village, which is located twelve miles from their capital took the shelter. The then Gopali village is known as Gopalpur, situated adjoining to south part of this Naikpada cave.
Village Life near Boudh
The villages of Ratanpur, Baghapali Biribandh (present Birigadh) which are described in Madala Panji are situated near by this Naikpada cave Yajati Nagar the capital city of the Oddradesha ruled by Bhanja dynasty is identified with an area washed by river Mahanadi near modern village Jagati of Boudh District by historians Dr. Satya Narayan Rajguru and Dr. Nabin Kumar Sahu. Lord Nilamadhaba was being worshipped near village Jagati since along and also going till today in a stone carved temple constructed during 8th century A.D. now under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India.
Another important Nilamadhaba temple of Kantilo, in Nayagarh District was also constructed by the ex-ruler of Boudh State originally known as Oddradesha. According to the Madala Panji and facts at present one can say Lord Sri Jagannath had been buried 144years inside this Naikpada cave. Buddha Statue at Shyamsundarpur There is a beautiful Buddha Statue in Pargalpur village of Boudh, which is worth visiting.
Boudh is accessible from both railways and road heads. It is easily accessible from National Highway 224 (NH 224) at Purunakatak which is famous for Maa Bhairabi Temple. It is only 12 km from Purunakatak by well motorable road via Tileswar.
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