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Dhauligiri, a hillside with another name as Dhauli located on the River Daya banks, is 8 km far from the south of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. You can find splendid Edicts of Ashoka embossed on a mass of rock in Dhauli, beside the way to the hill summit. It is believed that Dhauli hill was the battlefield of the Kalinga War. The marvelous Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda is also located here.

In the result of the bloodbath taken place in the Kalinga War, the water of the River Daya got red, making Ashoka understand the gloomiest side of a battle, turning him into the propagator of peace. Later, with his help, Dhauli became a major Buddhist centre, when he built several chaityas, stupas and pillars here.


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As per the excavations made by ASI, many Rock Edicts like Nos. I-X, XIV and two separate Kalinga Edicts have been found. As Ashoka’s expression of his concerned about the mankind in Kalinga Edict VI, it is inscribed that the "welfare of the whole world". The oldest Buddhist sculptures in Orissa as the rock-cut elephant above the Edicts can also be spotted here.

Peace Pagoda
The grand Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa can be spotted on the hilltop, constructed in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.

Bhaskareshwar Temple
A number of Ashokan edicts and a Stupa are lying in the close proximity with the Bhaskareshwar Temple at Tankapani road.

Shiva Temple
The Shiva Temple, situated in the Dhauligiri hills, is the place for the mass gathering for the celebrations of Shiva Ratri.


Dhauli is situated on the River Daya banks, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa.