Jaugada

Jaugada is situated at a distance of 40 kms from Berhampur. The place is of great historical importance because of the presence of the archeological remains belonging to Mauryan period. It has one of the major rock inscriptions of Asoka, the Great.

Jaugada (Lac Fort), as it was known in classical times, is also said to be associated with the Mahabharata episode. Tradition ascribes that the fort of Jaugada was built by Duryodhana of Mahabharata fame. The name of the Fort ‘Jau’ or ‘Lac’ is from a tradition that it was made of Lac, and was therefore indestructible, as no enemy could scale the walls which were smooth and slippery.

Jaugada stands as the symbol of the entire historical heritage connected with the Rushikulya Valley civilization. From the bank of this river, silver coins of the pre Mauryan age have been discovered. The Ashokan inscription at Jaugada is incised on a rock face some 30 feet long and 15 feet high elevated about 12 feet on a mass of granitic gneiss.