lalitgiri:

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Lalitgiri, with its other name as Naltigiri, is the 1st century Buddhist complex in Orissa, which together with Ratnagiri and Udayagiri creates Puspagiri University which has a number of best sculptures of that age – like significant stupas and monasteries (viharas). As a renowned Buddhist pilgrimage, this ancient lush village Lalitgiri is a holy destination for a large number of Buddhism devotees.


Numerous excavations done by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have related this region with the origin point of Buddhism. ASI has been conducting such excavations since 1985 to today.


The relic caskets lying in the museum at Lalitgiri is said to have been holding the bones of Gautama Buddha along with many other archaeological findings for a public display. The site was constantly excavated from the year 1985 to 1992 by ASI. The remains of a splendid stupa as well as a relic caskets consisting of four containers made of khondalite, steatite, silver and gold, along with other major structures and archaeological remains were the findings of these excavations.

 

Major Attractions:

Monastery
A paradise for pilgrims and archaeologists both, this 1st century complex bears some wonderful sculptures of that era. Several stupas can be found in the hillside. Chaitya hills are also an important tourist attraction of the region.



Stupa

A massive stupa of Mahavira known as a brilliant piece of Buddhist architecture can be found atop the Pushpagiri hill. The culture of the age when the Buddhism bloomed in the region can be observed through the relics of Buddha figured on the cascades.

 

Sculptures
The destination got more fame through some of the important archaeological findings of ancient sculptures and other materials by the recent excavations. The structures have been linked to the Gandhrva School of Art by archeologists.

Connectivity:

Lalitgiri village is lying 90 km far from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa.