The Buddhist Heritage of Orissa  

Places To See

The sculptural and architectural richness of the Buddhist heritage of Orison, is simply fascinating. The Buddhist religion traces its germination, and foundation, in actual terms, from this very state. The famous Kalinga War, that led to the great Emperor Ashoka's conversion to a staunch Buddhist, was fought on the banks of the river Daya, in Orissa. Under the championship of Ashoka, it was from here, that Buddhism spread to Far Eastern countries, like China and Japan. Orissa delivered the poignant message of peace and Dhamma, non-violence, to the entire world. The state teems with the remains of several great Buddhist centres of art and learning, and other institutions of this noble religion. These had been a source of immense interest to outside visitors, from as far back as the 7th century. The noted Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang was one of such luminaries, who had visited the state in the 7th century AD. 

Some of the places of worship
Ajanta & Ellora, Maharashtra
Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh 
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh
Belur, Karnataka
Badami, Karnataka
Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh 
Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra
Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh 
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh 
Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh 
Halebid, Karnataka 
Hampi, Karnataka 
Buddhist Relics, Orissa