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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri in Odisha



PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri in Odisha: Details, Features, Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri in Odisha through video conference from Bhubaneswar on 24th December 2018.

Buddhist site museum is constructed on one of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Odisha, Lalitgiri, where excavations have yielded ancient seals and inscriptions.

It is located in Cuttack district, it will be the third site museum of the Bhubaneswar circle of the Archaeological Survey of India after Ratnagiri and Konrak.

Lalitgiri is a major Buddhist complex in the Indian state of Odisha comprising major stupas, ‘esoteric’ Buddha images, and monasteries (viharas), one of the oldest sites in the region.

Together with the Ratnagiri and Udayagiri sites, Lalitagiri is part of Puspagiri University located on top of hills of the same names. The three complexes are known as the Diamond Triangle”. Tantric Buddhism was practiced at this site.

Excavations at Lalitgiri have yielded the remains of four monasteries, showing cultural continuity from the post-Mauryan period till the 13th century CE. The center of attraction is a relic casket containing corporal remains found inside the Mahastupta.

It is hemmed between the Parabhadi and Landa sandstone hills in the standalone Asian hill range. It is situated in the Mahanga Tahsil in Cuttack district.


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