Dhauli, Tourist places to visit in Dhauli Odisha, Buddhist Site
Dhauli hill on the bank of the river Daya is a little away from the main road as one drives to Puri/Konark from Bhubaneswar. This stands as the mute witness to the great Kalinga war which was fought in the third century B.C. The great transformation, unprecedented in whole of the world, took place here.
Dhauli Tourist Attractions
Asoka, the great seeing the horrors of war changed his mind in favour of spiritual conquests in preference of his war exploits. He donned orange robes and the world saw in Asoka the making of a great patron of Buddhism. Dhauli is famous for the Asokan rock edicts which are inscribed on a rock, with the relief of an emerging elephant at top. These contain eleven of the well known set of fourteen rock edicts found within the limits of the Asokan empire. Here Asoka had got inscribed two seperate rock edicts especially for the people of Kalinga.
The serenity of the place and the legacy of Buddhism motivated the Kalinga Nippon-Buddha Sangha, under the guidance of Guruji Fujii. Founder President of Nipponzan Myohoji of Japan to establish a peace pagoda or shanti stupa at Dhauli along with the construction of a monastery called Saddharma Vihar in early seventies. Along with the Asokan Edicts, the peace pagoda and modern Buddhist monastery, Dhauli offers the visitors’ small rock cut caves. Hindu temples of early medieval period and a renovated Siva temple known as Dhavalesvara on top of the hill as added tourist attractions.
The beautiful rural landscape, the old monuments, the new peace pagoda and the temple on the top of the hill with a winding Daya river flowing by offers a sublime tranquility and meditative serenity.
How to Reach Dhauli in Orissa
Reach Dhauli in Orissa – Located at a distance of 8 km south of Bhubaneswar, Dhauli is well connected with capital of Orissa. You can reach dhauli from bhubaneswar by bus, autorickshaw or a taxi. Bhubaneshwar is also well connected to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore with regular flights from Airport in Bhubaneswar.
Reach Dhauli through Road
Bhubaneshwar is just 8 km while Puri is 60 km and Cuttack is 25 km
Reaching Dhauli by Rail
Reach Dhauli by Air
Nearest Airport is at Bhubaneswar
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