udayagiri:

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Udayagiri, an Orissa Buddhist complex to form Pushpagiri University along with udayagiri and Lalitgiri, and bears a number of significant stupas and monasteries (viharas). Udayagiri was referrd as ‘Madhavapura Mahavihara’ in the history, as per the epigraphical artifact found in the region.


A number of excavations have been conducted by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) since 1958, which is still in continuity. The large excavation done 1997 to 2000 discovered the Udayagiri-2, the second part of Udayagiri. Several additional stupas and monasteries have been excavated here by ASI.

 

Major Attractions:

Monastery
Udayagiri bears a monastery with its ancient name as Madhavapura Mahavihara. The excavations also revealed another complex of brick monastery as well as numerous Buddhist sculptures. All this can be spotted at the foothills of a large hill. Udayagiri monasteries bloomed between the 7th and the 12th centuries A.D., chronologically after udayagiri and Lalitgiri.


Stupa
Udayagiri also consists of a brick stupa, two brick monasteries, a beautiful stepped-stone decorated with inscriptions on it, and also rock-cut sculptures atop the hill behind.

 

Sculptures
You can spot here numerous sculptures relating to the Buddhist pantheon. These sculptures contain Boddhisattva figures and Dhyani Buddha figures.

 

Accent to the hilltop
You can reach a splendid panoramic site with its recently-excavated sprawling monastery complex via a long stairway. If you are an adventure lover, you can have a thrilling ascent experience to the hilltop. You will love to experience the hilly, serpentine and all-weather suitable road on the next side of Udayagiri.

Connectivity:

Udayagiri, lying 10 km from the 5A National Highway, is located just 5 km far from udayagiri in the Jajpur district. The region is 20 km away from the north-east of Cuttack.