Lalitigiri 

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Lalitigiri

The Glory of The Past Reflected In Stone

About

Lalitgiri lies between the valley of two rivers Birupa and Chitrotpala. Also known as Naltigiri amongst the locals, Lalitgiri is the oldest of the Buddhist Diamond Triangle triad as they are referred to in Odisha. The monastery built in the 1st Century AD is the oldest known Buddhist monastery in t ...

Lalitgiri lies between the valley of two rivers Birupa and Chitrotpala. Also known as Naltigiri amongst the locals, Lalitgiri is the oldest of the Buddhist Diamond Triangle triad as they are referred to in Odisha. The monastery built in the 1st Century AD is the oldest known Buddhist monastery in the state.

Though the site was discovered in 1905, it was excavated as late as 1985-1991, based on the chronicles of the famous Chinese Traveler Hiuen T’sang, excavations are still being carried out albeit sporadically at the site. The findings indicate the Monastery propagated both the Hinayana Sect of Buddhism (name for schools of the earliest Buddhist doctrine) and Mahayana sect of Buddhism (a path where a follower seeks enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings). Later on under the influence of Bhaumakara King’s it embraced Vajrayana sect of Buddhism (Tantric Buddhism). Thus the monastery survived till the 13th century AD.

The majestic ruins of the Mahastupa (Main Stupa) atop a hill, the Chaityagriha’s (prayer halls), the numerous Votive Stupa’s (stupa erected after fulfillment of a wish/vow) amidst lush green surroundings gives a magical feel to this ancient Buddhist complex.

Among the many noteworthy findings at this site is the relic casket which comprised of four containers made of Khondalite, Steatite, Silver and Gold. Its antiquity and the gold and silver contents have led to speculations that these are relics of Lord Buddha.

The museum located inside the monastery complex houses artefacts recovered during the excavation of the site. On display are spellbinding statues of Buddha,Boddhisattvaand statues of Tara, Jambhala amongst others. Interestingly, most of these sculptures contain short inscriptions on them. The Standing Buddha figures, with knee length draperies over the shoulders remind one of the influence of the Gandhara and Mathura school of art. One interesting aspect of the statues are that almost all of them have inscriptions on them

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Trails Covering Lalitigiri

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Getting There

  • Nearest Railway Station-JajpurKeonjhar Road
  • Nearest Airport Bhubaneswar-Bhubaneswar
  • Distance from Bhubaneswar-83 KM
  • OTDC organises conducted tours www.panthanivas.com to Buddhist Diamond Triangle alternately you can book your own cab or drive down.

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Nearby Destinations

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Stay

There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

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Panthanivas Paradeep

Panthanivas Paradeep

Panthanivas Paradeep, Near circuit house, Paradeep

9861180573 , 06722222275

http://www.panthanivas.com

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118 Km. Distance from Airport

8 Km. Distance from Railway Station

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Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar

Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar

Panthanivas Bhubaneswar, Lewis Road, BBSR-751014

9937562181 , 06742432515

http://www.panthanivas.com

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5 Km. Distance from Airport

3 Km. Distance from Railway Station

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Olasuni Nature Camp

  • Olasuni

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  • Double Bedded 
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Mahavinayak Nature Camp

  • Mahavinayak

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  • Double Bedded 

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Swosti Premium

Swosti Premium

P-1, Jaydev Vihar, Nandankanan Rd, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

9338015588 , 06743017000

https://www.swostihotels.com

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7 Km. Distance from Airport

6 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Swosti Grand

Swosti Grand

Unit 3, 103 Janpath, Kharabela Nagar, Near Railway Station, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751001

9338015588 , 06743019000

https://www.swostihotels.com/swosti-grand

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4 Km. Distance from Airport

0 Km. Distance from Railway Station

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Kila Dalijoda Palace

Kila Dalijoda Palace

At – Jyoti Niketan ( Rajbati) PO & Village – Mangarajpur, via Choudwar Dist - CUTTACK – 754028, Odisha.

9438667086

http://www.kiladalijoda.com

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60 Km. Distance from Airport

50 Km. Distance from Railway Station

5 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Aul Palace

Aul Palace

Lokapada, Odisha 754219

9437690565

http://www.killaaulpalace.com/

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126 Km. Distance from Airport

116 Km. Distance from Railway Station

5 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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