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Ratnagiri, located in the Jajpur district in the state of Orissa, is a renowned Buddhist holy destination. The place consists of several important Buddhist sculptures spotted around the hills. According to some excavations, the history of the region is associated with 6th Century AD and the Gupta Dynasty.

As per an excavation, a huge monastery at Ratnagiri dates back to the Mahayana sect. It also revealed that the kings like Ashoka of the Gupta dynasty publicized Buddhism in this area. There has been found a number of other hints of Buddhism, including the Monastery, Stupas, Chaityas, among others. Ratnagiri is believed to be a superb destination of learning for the Budhism of Tantric cult that is Vajrayana. The region also witnessed the blossoming of the Kalchakrayana, as clued by Tibetan Buddhist texts.


Major Attractions:

The Stupas
Ratnagiri is dotted with several Stupas, displaying a bright picture of Buddhism in the ancient India, the period it flowered in its full. Furthermore, they very strongly say Ratnagiri is the only site with such gigantic Stupas. It was helped by villagers who added Stupas located at nearby places into the region.

The Monasteries
The monasteries located here portray the glorious past of Ratnagiri and the vicinity area to the visitors. The stylishly-built monasteries signify the cultural richness of history of the region in terms of Buddhism. The Ratnagiri monastery displays 24 cells, a large courtyard, a shrine in the front, a lobby and more than that.

The Motifs
The motifs, referred as Kunjalata and Patralata in Oriya, indicate the process of cultural transfer and adoption of stuffs from Buddhism in Orissa. People can observe several art and style trends in Orissa alike that of Buddhists.


Ratnagiri is well-connected by air, rail and road transport. Its closest airport is Bhubaneswar networked to all the important cities across India. Its nearest Railway Station is Cuttack, 70 km far from Ratnagiri and networked with all the important stations in the country. Ratnagiri also can be approached by road from Cuttack via direct and regular buses running between the two destinations.