Banki is a small town set on the banks of river Mahanadi and is quite close to the city of Cuttack in the state of Odisha. In this post, we bring you the story of the Anahat and Dakshina Kabata caves.This town is already famous for its contribution to Odisha tourism with several interesting tourist spots. It is home to the famous “Charchika Temple” along with the beautiful “Ansupa Lake” and the “Chandaka elephant sanctuary”. It also boasts of many other interesting places like Arachandi Temple, Maa Bramhei Temple of Sahadapada Village, Sunadei Hill, Kalika Prasad, Devi Dwara of Gayal Bank, Bhagabat Goswami Temple Bilipada, Akhandeswar the Lord Shiva temple (Chakapada) and Maa Ratneswari temple in Harirajpur village.
Banki is abundantly gifted by nature with lush green forests and beautiful hills. It has several places of interest for adventure lovers as well. Here we bring you the story of ancient Anahat and Dakshina Kabata caves.
Anahat and Dakshina Kabata Caves
Myths and believes
According to locals, the pandavas resided at these caves during their exile period. Hence one of the caves has been named as “Pandava Bakhara”. Locals also say that, they hear the chanting of Vedic slokas during night time. There are three tunnels within these caves believed to be linking to Puri, Olashuni in Jajpur and Khandagiri in Bhubaneswar. Although no one has ever measured these tunnels till date.
Here a small temple of lord Rameswar can be seen built by the Saint living here with the help of the villagers. According to the saint, the Anahat and Dakshina Kabata caves were the residing place of several monks during the ancient period. Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita are the presiding deity of this temple. Yajnas are held at this temple every year and this is the time when this place sees footfall.
Reaching the caves of Anahat and Dakshina Kabat can be difficult and adventures as well due to the rocky and slippery path leading to these caves. On the otherhand, adventure lovers are sure to love this challenge.
How to reach
The Anahata and the Dakshina Kabata caves are located at a distance of 34 Kilometers from Cuttack and can be reached by taking the Cittack-Banki road. The nearest village to this place is the Kusapangi village. The road until the caves is in quite good condition. However one has to walk the last 200-300 meters to reach the cave. It is advisable to travel with personal vehicle to enjoy the scenic beauty enroute to the cave.