Budhakhol is one of the beautiful heritage sites of Odisha. The place is located in Buguda block of Ganjam District in Odisha. It is located about 92 km away from the district headquarters. The best things that attract the tourist to this old heritage are its beautiful trees, caves, temples and perennial waterfall.
Another attraction point of the place is the presence of a group of five temples. Buddha Khol is popularly known as Panchu Mahadeva Temple. The Panchumahadeva temples are believed to be built in the era of Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. Hence the place is a mix of both Buddhism and Hinduism.
The five temples are –
- Sri Sri Makareswar Swami
Sri Sri Gangadhareswar Swami
Sri Sri Jagadieshwar Swami
Sri Sri Siddheswar Swami
Sri Sri Budheswar Swami
The name of the place comes from Badhesvara, meaning Buddha in a meditating position.It is strongly believed that Lord Buddha visited the place.Huentsang also visited the place and witnessed the learning and teaching of Buddhists and believed that it was one of the best places to learn Buddhism.
Budhakhol is widely known for its Buddhist culture. A number of Buddhist remains found at the place which gives the impression about Buddhist settlement at the place.
The tourist destination is also a science spot frequently visited by tourists, pilgrims, and picnickers. The caves are one of the most attractive points of the place. The place is located at a distance of about 3 km. towards the north of Buguda in the Ganjam District. While climbing to the top of the hill, one can notice a very big stone on the south, which is called Patharakhai.
On the same hill tourist can find different caves. One of which is Siddha Gumpha where the Buddhist monks are used to stay and meditate. Another cave named Dayana is also present on the main hills.