Jaugada is a historic site situated about 35 km from Gopalpur-On-Sea
, in Ganjam District
. It is famous for the rock edicts of Ashoka
, same as the one found in Dhauli
Jaugada, earlier known as Jatudurga, is believed to be built by Duryodhana of Mahabharat fame.
A large number of old bricks, tiles, potteries, beads, terracotta objects and punch marked silver coins of Mauryas age were found here. There is also a ruined fort, reminiscent of the ancient heritage of the Rushikulya Valley Civilization that once prevailed in the area.
The Ashoka inscription depicted on a rock face is about 30 ft long and 15 ft high elevated about 12 ft on a mass of granite gneiss. The Archeological Survey of India has treated this rock surface chemically to prevent it from further damage and has declared it as a protected monument.
By road, Jaugada is well linked with Berhampur and Tara Tarini (12 km). Berhampur Railway Station is the nearest railhead (40 km).