Buddhism in Odisha – Buddhism Tourism – Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri Udaygiri Hills

Odisha: formerly known as Orissa located in the eastern coast. 1st April is celebrated as Odisha Day. Bhubaneswar, capital as well as largest city of Odisha is a centre of economic and religious sites.

Buddhism was known in Odisha, right from the time of its inception. Odisha, named as Odra or Orissa is known for its tribal cultures and numerous ancient temples. There are huge numbers of stupas, viharas, monasteries and gompa found across Odisha to represent Buddhism. Some newly made Buddhist sites increases the charm of Odisha with Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri hills attracting travelers every years across the globe.

Major Buddhist attractions of Odisha are:

Ratnagiri: The Ratnagiri Hill is one of most extensive ruins and is famous for Pushpagiri monastery.

Lalitagiri: The Lalitagiri hills in Odisha serve as an important historical site. An ancient stupa containing relics preserved in caskets of stone is one of the recent and spectacular discoveries.

Dhauli: The Shanti Stupa at the Dhauli Hill situated on the bank of the River Daya is another world renowned Buddhist sites in Odisha.  Nippon-Buddha Sangha established a peace pagoda or Shanti Stupa at Dhauli.

Udaygiri: Udayagiri is the largest Buddhist complex of Odisha. It is make up with major stupas and monasteries, viharas.

Other Attractions:

Pipli, The Nandan Kanan National Park, Langudi, Motifs

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Buddhism is based on the teachings of Lord Gautama Buddha. The goal of Buddhism is escape from suffering and cycle of rebirth means the attainment of nirvana.

Amaravati Stupa: Amaravati Stupa, located in Andhra Pradesh is also known as Mahachaitya Stupa and it is one of the largest stupa in India. Amaravati is situated on the right bank of the river Krishna. Amaravati is referred as Amaresvaram, home of 2000 years old Buddhist relics. Amaravati is recognized as Dhanyakataka by many scholars.

The Bharhut Stupa: The Bharhut stupa have numerous stories related to reincarnations of the Buddha.  It is a unique example of Buddhist art. Bharhut is a small village in the Satna district, Madhya Pradesh in Central India.

Dhauli Hill: Dhauli Hill is one of the most favored and visited Buddhist heritage site in India. This hill station in situated in the Khurda district of Odisha. A major tourist attraction of the Dhauli Hills is a Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda). Dhauli Hill is also renowned for Saddharma Vihar Monastery and numerous rock-cut caves.

Hirapur Temple: It is a home of Mahamaya temple. Hirapur is a census town in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh. This temple shows an extraordinary architectural and sculptural style of the temple.

Itanagar Temple: This temple is established located on top of the hill in Arunachal Pradesh. It reflects an extensive Tibetan influence. A stupa is also made in front of the temple which carries the portrait of a Buddhist monk. Itanagar is known as the land of the dawn lit mountains and is the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh.

Langudi: This Buddhist sites is located in the Langudi hills in the Jajpur district of Orissa and is one of the important Buddhist sites of the state.  Langudi is a lower hilly region. Langudi is a home of rock-cut Buddhist stupas and shrines. It has remarkable place in all major sects of Buddhism – Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana or Tantrayana.

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Maha Bodhi Temple: Maha Bodhi Temple is located in Bodhgaya, a place where Buddha attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree. Maha Bodhi Temple is one of the four major sites of Buddhism. Mahabodhi Vihar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ratnagiri Temple: It is a superb Buddhist site Jajpur district of Orissa. This site is situated on a small hill, surrounded by rivers from all the sides. This monastery adorned with spectacular doorways, cella sanctum, a huge stupa and shrines. There are numerous sculptural relics on the walls. Ratnagiri have a large number of monolithic stupas.

Sanchi Stupa: The Sanchi stupa is well known for its scriptures located in Madhya Pradesh. It is second largest stupa in India after Amravati. Sanchi stupa is surrounded by four carved gateways facing towards all four directions. The use of lotus in stupa is emblematizing the rise of people from the mud of materialism to the reality and spirituality of life.

Sirpur Monastery: This is a largest and most important Buddhist monastery in India. It comprises the remains of 100 Buddha Viharas, 4 Jain Vihara, 200 mounds and more than 100 Shiva temples.  Sirpur is historical town in Mahasamund district in Chhattisgarh state. It was an important centre of Buddhism during 6th to 10th century BCE.

Udayagiri Temple: Udayagiri forms Buddhist Triangle along with Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri. Udayagiri is the largest Buddhist complex in Odisha. Udayagiri monastery is adorned with a large number of Buddhist sculptures. Huge number of art lovers, history buffs, tourists and researchers came to have a look from various parts of India as well as the world.

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