Dhauligiri Hill was a powerful site which transformed the violent streak of
Ashoka the Great into the calm and compassionate follower of Buddhism.
Associated with his remorse and guilt, the then kingdom of Kalinga is
present day Dhauli, a major rock edict site in east India, built by Emperor
The elephant emerging out from the rock of above inscription is believed to
be Buddha, the form in which he is believed to have entered his mother Mayas
The earliest Buddhist Complex belonging to 1st century AD, Lalitgiri
comprises of a major stupas, viharas, sculptures and caves at par with the
Buddhist heritage of Ratnagiri.
Ratnagiri is another hill preserving in its lap the glorious chapters of
Buddhist heritage. The excavations have revealed the traces of two large
monastery complexes, a big stupa, Buddhist sculptures, votive stupas and
The largest Buddhist Complex in Odisha belongs to Udayagiri. The recent
excavations in this hillock brought into light a sprawling brick monastery
complex, a number of Buddhist sculptures and a brick stupa.