Bhubaneswar, Jan 13:
In order to promote Buddhist tourism potential of the state in international circles, the Odisha government will organise a three-day international Buddhist Conference from February 1 at Udayagiri, one of the famous Buddhist sites in Jajpur district.
“The objective of the conference is to promote the ancient and vibrant Buddhist heritage in Odisha, art and philosophy of Buddhism,” Culture Minister Maheswar Mohanty said.
The International Buddhist Conference on Odisha, to be organized by Department of Tourism and Culture, will have several seminars on Buddhist culture and its propagation across the world, besides new archaeological surveys.
“All delegates will visit the famous Buddhist sites of Udayagiri, Ratnagiri, Lalitagiri, Langudi, Kaima and other places of Jajpur district during their three-day stay,” said the Minister.
The Udayagiri monastery, which is flanked by a U-shaped hill, almost identical to Ratnagiri, was excavated in 1986. The monastery is located 10 km from Lalitgiri, on the other side of the Birupa river and forms the ‘Diamond Triangle’ of Buddhist monuments with Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri.
The gateway to Udayagiri was found in a perfect state of preservation. It consists of two stone slabs, supporting a third as a lintel. The pillars are perpendicular and the screen has an ornamented sculpture. Its architectural style is chaste and pure.