The Dhauli Peace Pagoda

Dhauli Hills, a 30 minute journey from Bhubaneswar is supposed to be the area where the Battle of Kalinga was fought.The same battle which led Emperor Ashoka take up the cause of peace and Buddhism after he realized the extent of loss and destruction,and even more important,the death of millions of soldiers.The Daya river which flows by the hills is said to have turned red with the blood of dead soldiers.
Cut to today,the hill now has a beautiful peace pagoda built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.

Here are some photos I took the other day in Dhauli!

The Peace Pagoda

The Peace Pagoda

View of River Daya from the hill.

View of River Daya from the hill.

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The statues of Buddha in the three avatars:-

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The inscriptions and murales,the meaning or interpretation of which is still not clear as each guide has his own story to tell!
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Dhauli is also famous for the excellent(and might I add cheapest)kaju badam!
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The thing that hits you about Dhauli is the utter serenity around the place.Even with so many tourists,there is a strange sense of tranquility and quietness.A trip worth remembering:)
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18 thoughts on “The Dhauli Peace Pagoda

  1. OH your images are EPIC. Cinematic approach to landscapes are epic. my favorite I have to admit. Congratulations and thanks for sharing them!

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