BUDDHIST PILIGRIMAGE

BUDDHIST PILIGRIMAGE

Lalitagiri (also known as Naltigiri) is a major Buddhist complex in the Indian state of Odisha comprising major stupas, 'esoteric' Buddha images, and monasteries (viharas), one of the oldest sites in the region. Together with the Ratnagiri and Udayagiri sites, Lalitagiri is part of Puspagiri University located on top of hills of the same names. The three complexes are known as the "Diamond Triangle. Significant finds at this complex include Buddha's relics.Tantric Buddhism was practiced at this site.

Ratnagiri

The Buddhist monuments were constructed from the 5th century CE onwards, with the last work in the 13th century, and the peak period of work done between about the 7th to 10th centuries. After perhaps the 16th century the site ceased to be used and fell into ruins. These were little known until the 1960s when major campaigns of excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India ("ASI") revealed the site, producing large quantities of very fine sculpture.The main elements were an impressive stupa (Stupa 1) surrounded by several hundred smaller stupas of varying dimensions, three quadrangular monasteries (Monasteries 1 to 3). Monastery 1 is much the largest, with a beautiful carved doorway, spacious open courtyard, cells and verandah facing the courtyard, with a spacious shrine centred on a colossal Buddha

Dhauligiri

Dhauli hill is presumed to be the area where the Kalinga War was fought.

The Rock Edicts found here and two separate Kalinga Edicts InKalinga Edict VI, he expresses his concern for the "welfare of the whole world". The rock-cut elephant above the Edicts is the earliest Buddhist sculpture of Odisha. The stone elephant shows the animal's foreparts only, though it has a fine sense of form and movement.[3] It is considered as one of the few remains of Mauryan art.On the top of the hill, a dazzling white peace pagoda has been built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in the 1970s.

2N/3D BUDDHIST PILIGRIMAGE ITINERARY

Day : 1

ARRIVAL AT BHUBANESWAR

Arrive at Bhubaneswar airport/ railway station. Transfer to hotel , check in , after freshen up & lunch move towardsKhandagiri&Udayagiri caves and Dhauligiri - shanti Stupaand enjoy the light & sound show in the evening.

DAY : 2

BHUBANESWAR – RATNAGIRI-LALITGIRI-UDAYAGIRI- BHUBANESWAR

After breakfast drive towards Ratnagiri which is a famous Buddhist site an establishment that can be compared with that of Nalanda which is an overwhelming number of portable monolithic stupas, then Lalitgiriwhich is also known as Naltgiri is one of the three major excavated Buddhist site in the Asia Hills In the evening back to Bhubaneswar

DAY : 3

BHUBANESWAR –LOCAL(LINGARAJ TEMEL- RAJARANI TEMPEL- MUKTESHWAR TEMPLE )- DEPARTURE

After morning breakfast drive towards the famous 108 shiva temple popularly known as Lingaraj temple. Then move towards Rajarani Temple &Mukteshwar temple. In the evening shopping at local market and drop at railway station / airport.