Langudi Hills, Odisha

Langudi Hills in Jajpur district of Odisha is an excavation site that contains several relics, artefacts, shrines and religious paraphernalia dating back to as early as 3rd century during which this location housed an important center of learning for Buddhist studies and teachings. It is from inscriptions found in very dilapidated condition upon the personal efforts of professor that this spot generated archaeological interest. Subsequently, the inscription on a very fragile fragment stone tablet Pushpa Sabhar Giriya was traced back to a Chinese travellers reference of a site in ancient India which was flourishing as one of the largest centres of Buddhist teachings in that part of the world. A serious excavation team was summoned and it was through these combined efforts that it could be confirmed that Pushpagiri Vihara which was a massive abode of imparting Buddhist teachings was indeed located on Langudi Hill as early as the 3rd century AD.

The findings of the ruins of large stupa with its pillars still intact holding up a few walls was sufficient evidence to establish the presence of Pushpagiri Vihara on what is today known as Langudi Hills. Present day both state government and the Archaeological Survey of India have invested a lot of efforts for declaring the site as a heritage spot and undertaking maintenance and conservation of the same for future generations. Langudi Hils can be accessed from Jaraka and Chandikhol vai NH5, or through public transport available from important landmark locations such as Jajpur, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

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