Dhauli, one of the most visited Buddhist pilgrim destinations in India, is located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar across the Daya river. Dhauli hill is assumed to be the area where the Kalinga War was fought.
The Rock Edicts found here include Nos. I-X, XIV, and two separate Kalinga Edicts. In Kalinga Edict VI, he expresses his concern for the “welfare of the whole world”. The rock-cut elephant above the Edicts is the earliest Buddhist sculpture of Odisha. The stone elephant shows the animal’s foreparts only, though it has a fine sense of form and movement.
The peace pagoda or Shanti stupa (in regional Odia language) can be spotted on the hilltop, which has constructed in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.
The Shiva Temple, situated in the Dhauligiri hills, is the place for the mass gathering to celebrate the Shiva Ratri.
How to Reach
Dhauligiri Shanti stupa near Bhubaneswar is very well connected by rail, road, and air. After traveling of 7 km from Bhubaneswar towards Puri or Konark. One can see Dhauligiri Shanti stupa at the right side ( on Dhauli hills) just after crossing the Daya river bridge. From this point on Puri road (also known as Jagannath road), the Shanti stupa distance is 3 km.
The nearest railway station is Bhubaneswar and the distance from the railway station to Dhauli is 10 km.
Located in: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar
Best Time to visit: October to February