Lalitagiri is also a well-known tourist pilgrimage, especially for
Buddhism, and draws hoards of pilgrims each year. It has a famous 1st
century Buddhist complex and some of the best sculptures of that age.
The place itself is like an ancient village, with greenery and free spaces,
mild forests and breezes blowing all the time. The ancient stupas,
sculptures on them and the caves give it a look that fairly resembles to
that ancient age.
Lalitagiri is situated at a distance of 90 km from Bhubaneswar, in the
state of Orissa. Geographically, it is pread between 20 Degree North
latitude and 86 Degree East longitude.
The 1st century Complex is definitely a big pull for the pilgrims as well
as archaeologists. The sculptures are also quite interesting, especially
when it's known that these belong to the 1st century. There are several
stupas in the hill range, and the Chaitya hills are also a major attraction
for the tourists.
There is also a giant stupa on the top of the Pushpagiri hill, of Mahavira,
that is considered a brilliant piece of Buddhist architecture. There are
relics of Buddha sculptured on the cascades, which are interesting to learn
the culture of that age, is another draw.
The recent excavations have made the place more popular due to the findings
of many ancient sculptures and other items, which are important in
archaeological sense. The structures are linked, by the arcgaologists, to
the Gandhrva schoola of art.
Bhubaneswar : Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa is mere
a 90 km away from Lalitagiri but a reasonably good place to visit as the
road communication is quite good. It's a renowned Hindu pilgrimage with as
many as 500 temples, architecturally brilliant and excellent for studying
the architectural styles of 3rd Century. The Lingaraja temple, Kalinga
Buddha Vihara, the Jaggannatha temple and the Mukteshwar temple is also a
big attraction for the tourists. The place is also a shopping destination in
The Ratnagiri and Udayagiri hills are nearby and offer an excellent
addition for the Buddhist pilgrims to go through some other important
ancient Buddhist remains and taste the ancient art sculptures.
The recent excavations, revealing some interesting facts, in the
Langudi hills that are worth a watch with utmost interest. There are many
Stupas cut out from rock grabbing attention, the Buddha in Samadhi-mudra,
Sculpture of Goddess Tara, the harmonic umbrella, the Cylin dome etc have
revealed a new chapter in the Buddhist tourist destinations.
How to reach
Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport. Well connected
to Lalitagiri by bus.
Bhubaneswar is the nearest railhead well
connected to major cities through broad gauge network.
Lalitagiri is well connected with Bhubaneswar, and
other cities through a good road-network.
Where to stay
Based at Bhubaneswar, the Lalitagiri could be taken as an excursion. One
can stay at the Trident or the Oberois.
: N - 1/3, Nayapalli,Bhubaneshwar- 751013, Orissa.
Access : 01 kilometer from Airport, 01 Kilometer from Railway
Station,1km. from Bus Stand.
: CB-1Nayapalli 751 013,India
Access : 6 kilometers from the city centre.
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