Jajpur, Nov 29 (LocalWire): Odisha Governor Ganesh Lal said famous Buddhist sites – Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri, known as “ Diamond Triangle” – are fit to get the status of World Heritage Sites.
Addressing a meeting at Udayagiri on Wednesday evening after inaugurating the two-day Udayagiri Buddha Mohostava, Lal said excavation of numerous Buddha images, stupas and monasteries in these sites is not only historically significant but also reveals the artistic excellence of the Buddhist era
The governor stressed on the need to organize such Mahostava to exchange ideas on Buddhism and to spread the peace message of Lord Buddha.
“The state is committed to promote the Buddhist sites as a part of the Odisha’s socio-cultural ethos,” said Lal.
“Buddhism has had an immense impact on the state in more than one way, from art to architecture; the tradition of the state has had great influence on its various aspects,” he added.
The Udayagiri monastery lies flanked by a U-shaped hill, almost identical to Ratnagiri. It was excavated in 1986.
Udayagiri is located at a distance of 10 km from Lalitagiri on the other side of the Birupa river and forms a golden triangle of Buddhist monuments with Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri.
Significantly, the doorway to Udayagiri was found in a perfect state of preservation.
The glory of Udayagiri lies in its gateway. It consists of two stone slabs, supporting a third as a lintel.
The pillars are perpendicular and the screen has an ornamented sculpture and the architectural style in chaste and pure.
Images of Buddha, Amitabha, Avalokiteswar, Vrjesane Buddha, Kurukulla were unearthed at Udayagiri, said Maheswar Bal, convener of Udayagiri Buddha Mohostava.
Bal also demanded establishment of a museum at Udayagiri to keep all the unearthed stone images of Lord Buddha and others .
Students of local Sobhaniya Sikhyasrama presented special prayer and dance sessions on Buddha and his philosophy at the Mohostava.