Location: 8 km from Bhubaneshwar
Dhauli Hill, one of the most visited Buddhist pilgrim destinations in
India, is situated in the state of Orissa. It is located in the Khurda
district, at a distance of approximately 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The hill
represents the place where, after witnessing the carnage of Kalinga War,
Emperor Ashoka relinquished war and adopted Buddhism. Serving as a proof
of this renunciation are the edicts of the Emperor, which have been
It is in these edicts that he had asked his administrators to rule with
equality and compassion. One of the major attractions of the Dhauli
Hills is a Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda). Situated on the opposite hill,
this stupa was built by the Indians, in collaboration with the Japanese.
It is circular edifice, which is adorned with a mushroom-like dome on
top. Of the numerous stone panels in the stupa, the main panel is the
one that has the reclining Buddha.
Along with Lord Buddha, it also comprises of His footprints, an
elephant procession, the Bodhi Tree, a sleeping beauty, a horse back
procession and Emperor Ashoka, relinquishing war by presenting his sword
to Lord Buddha. Dhauli Hill is also quite famous for the Saddharma Vihar
Monastery and a number of rock-cut caves. Not to be missed are numerous
Hindu temples, which date back to the medieval age.