Orissa is one of the states in India that abound in Buddhist sites and monuments. Right from the ancient rock edicts to the exquisitely carved stupas to the splendid Buddhist monasteries and temples, the state has it all. However, it was under the reign of Emperor Ashoka that Orissa became one of the major centers of Buddhism in the country. If you are planning to go on a tour of Orissa, make sure to visit all the major Buddhist pilgrim destinations in the state, such as Dhauli Hill, Lalitagiri, Udaigiri, etc.
Udaigiri, along with Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri, forms the Buddhist Triangle in India. The city is situated in the state of Orissa and holds the distinction of being its largest Buddhist complex. Excavations are being carried out at the site by the Archaeological Survey of India, since quite a long time. More
Ratnagiri is a splendid Buddhist site that comes under the Jajpur district of Orissa. It is situated at a distance of approximately 100 km from Bhubaneswar and 70 km from Cuttack. The site, situated on a small hill, stands surrounded by rivers from all the sides. More
Dhauli Hill, one of the most visited Buddhist pilgrim destinations in India, is situated in the state of Orissa. It is located in the Khurda district, at a distance of approximately 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The hill represents the place where, after witnessing the carnage of Kalinga War, Emperor Ashoka relinquished war and adopted Buddhism. More
Udaygiri & Khandagiri Caves
Orissa is well known for the ancient caves located in the twin cities of Udaygiri (meaning the hill of the sunrise) and Khandagiri (meaning the broken hill). They are situated near the capital city of Bhubaneswar. Udaygiri caves are approximately 135 ft high and Khandagiri caves are 118 ft high. More