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Orissa Places to see DHAULI

Main Attraction : Ashokan Eddicts and Elelphant Sculpture
Location : 8 km from the south of Bhubaneswar

Dates back to : 3rd century B.C

Modern Eddifice :
Shanti Stupa

The Dhauli hills are located on the banks of the river Daya. It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it. During the reign of King Ashoka the city of Dhauli became an important center for Buddhist activities. He built many stupas, chaityas and pillars there. He got the abodes excavated and expounded the Dandanti principles to the public. He got abodes excavated for the recluse and for the inscriptions inscribed for officials.

On the top of the hill is a dazzling white peace pagoda which was recently built by the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha and by the Japan Buddha Sangha sometime in the 1970's.

The region is also home to a number of Ashokan edicts and stupa at the Bhaskareshwar Temple.

The hills of Dhaulagiri have an ancient Shiv temple which is a place for mass gathering during the Shiv Ratri Celebrations.

Lion Structure at Dhauli at Sunrise :

There is a huge statue of a Lion at Dhaulagiri which looks over the plains of the River Daya in Bhubaneswar.

The Shanti Stupa at Dhaulagiri acts a major attraction for people in Bhubaneswar.

The city of Dhauli has been witness to some of the biggest Battles, one such war was the Kalinga war of 261 B.C.

Archeological findings at Dhauli unearthed a huge treasure trove of artifacts which have suggested that sophisticated urban settlement dating back as early as the 3rd century B.C. The Dhauli hills are also known as the Surabha hills whish is a series of small hills that enclose many rock cut monuments.

The Dhabaleswar Temple is one of the larger temples in Dhauli and was built during the same period as the Lingraja Temple. The Shrines of Shiva and Ganesh were subsequently built on the western side.

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