January 8, 2016

Shanti Stupa - Bhubaneswar

Site Name: Shanti Stupa
Site Type: Buddhist temple 
Location:   Dhauli, Near Bhubaneswar city, Odisha state, India
Highlights: The most important landmark of Dhauli
Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: There are many options across the city
Restaurants: Varieties of options

Dhauli is located on the banks of the river Daya, at a distance of 8 kms from Bhubaneswar city in Odisha state of India. It is a hilly area with the adjoining vast open space. It is the site where the major battle between Ashoka and the King of Kalinga took place. Around 250,000 people lost their lives. This war lead Ashoka to adopt the peace loving Buddhism religion. Then, started the rise of Buddhism in India. 

In Dhauli the Ashokan rock edicts are found. However, the most popular destination in Dhauli is Shanti Stupa. It is a Buddhist shrine built on the hilltop called as Dhaulagiri in 1972 CE by the Japan Buddha Sangh

Shanti Stupa is also called as the Peace Pagoda. It is a massive dome with lotus petals kind of structure as its crown. The entire shrine stands on a platform with two entrances with flight of steps. The idol of Buddha is enshrines inside the stupa. All the walls around the stupa have the big carvings of Buddha in different postures and other Buddhist related things. Also the idols of Buddha are also found in many places in the shrine.

Although the place is very popular among the tourists and the devotees, it is artistically not very attractive.

Happy travelling. 

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