Lalitgiri in Cuttack
Attractions of Lalitgiri CuttackThe remains of the Chaitya hall, regal ruins of the huge brick monastery, numerous votive Stupas and the renovated stone stupa located at the center of a small rugged sandstone hill are some of the special attraction of the Lalitgiri. Besides that the greenery all around the Lalitgiri adds a peaceful ambience.
The recent excavations done at the Lalitgiri reveals several interesting facts related to the presence of Buddhism in the state from an ancient time. The Langudi hills are worth watching at Lalitgiri. There are several Stupas which are cut out from rock that grabs attention of several Buddhists who visit here every year. The Buddha in Samadhi-mudra, The harmonic umbrella, the Cylin dome ans so many such sculptures and stupas present here have made the Lalitgiri on of the famous Buddhist tourist destinations.
Lalitgiri, A Part of Diamond TriangleLalitgiri also reminds the descriptions of the famous Chinese traveler Hiuen T'sang of 7th century A.D. about the sacredness of the glorious Stupa on top of a hill at Puspagiri Mahavihara. The Langudi hill in the Jajpur district might be recognized as Puspagiri as per the archaeological materials which also includes the inscriptions bought into the light by excavation.
Importance of Lalitgiri for BuddhismWith the discovery of caskets comprising of the sacred relics which are believed to be of the Tathagata himself from the Stupa at the top of the hill at Lalitgiri, strengthens the sacredness of the Stupa and also enhances the holiness of the Lalitgiri among the Buddhists all across the world.
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