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.
Pipli, The Nandan Kanan National Park, Langudi, Motifs
Buddhist Tour is leading Buddhist tour operator based in Delhi, capital city of India. For more info about Buddhism in Odisha.