Monday, January 18, 2010

Visit Dhauli Giri, they says as White Pagoda of Buddhism near Bhubaneswar

Dhauli Giri (White Pagoda)

It is 8 km away from Bhubaneswar on the way to Puri Dhauli Giri a hill is surrounded by paddy fields, the Dhauli hill brings back memories of the historic 'Kalinga War' which was fought around here just on the bank of the River Daya flowing aside. It is here that Ashoka, the terrible king was called Chandashoka, was transformed into Drarmashoka, the compassionate and championed the cause of Buddhism. On the foot of this hill, you can see the Rock Edicts of Ashoka and the forepart of a skillfully sculpted elephant hewn out of a huge rock. Dhauli has gained prominence due to the establishment of a Buddhist Peace Pagoda, popularly known as Shanti Stupa, built in the early seventies by the Japan Buddha Sangha and Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha. An old temple of Lord Dhavaleswar, reconstructed in 1972, also stands on the hill-top.

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