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Udayagiri is the largest Buddhist complex

Udayagiri is the largest Buddhist complex in the Indian state of Odisha. It is composed of major stupas and monasteries (viharas). Together with the nearby complexes of Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri, it is part of Puspagiri University.

The heritage sites are also known collectively as the “Diamond Triangle” of the “Ratnagiri-Udayagiri-Lalitgiri” complex. This Buddhist complex, preceded by the Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri sites. Udayagiri known as Madhavapura Mahavihara was a prominent centre of Buddhism between the 7th and 12th centuries.

The name was carved on several seals excavated from here. Walking along a path lined with trees, On the site several stupas, monasteries and sculptures from the Buddhist pantheon of deities lying in the open. There is Udayagiri 1 and Udayagiri 2 and where you can see the erstwhile ruins of the Buddhist Monastery in Odisha.

A brick stupa housing a large statue of Buddha greets us, its still amazing. There are three smaller Buddha statues in three cells lying here. They are probably representing the cardinal signs or the different forms of Buddha.

There is a Huge stone carved gates to cross to the opposite side where a massive Buddha stands in the open without a roof.There is a Chaitya Griha here with several smaller stupas.

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