In & Around Ratnagiri
One of the most famous places that lie in the Buddhist Circuit in Odisha (Orissa), Ratnagiri is situated in the Jajpur district. From famous rivers to sights of attraction, Ratnagiri has it all to beguile travelers. Owing to its close proximity to some of the other regions, Ratnagiri is visited by those who wish to explore a bit more about the Buddhist culture and study the religion. Some of the famous attractions in & around Ratnagiri are:
Ratnagiri is home to numerous stupas that are in turn encircled by several stupas of medium and smaller size. The main stupa is the most pious site that is visited by pilgrims. The sight truly explains the facts that Buddhism do flourished during the ancient time.
The monasteries at Ratnagiri dates back to centuries, which were built with ultimate precision and ample space. The monastery I is known as Chatuh-Sala has 24 cells and is made in the shape of a rectangle with a large courtyard, shrine and lobby. The architecture of the monastery explains the magnificence of the artisans. The Buddha image placed here is an ultimate piece of art that has unsurpassed splendor.
Ratnagiri museum is a well-planned building that houses the antiquities and architectural remains most of which is collected from excavation sites. The museum comprises four galleries with long stepped corridor showcasing an array of art objects and antiquities most of which relates to Buddhism. The museum collection includes small stupas, sculptures in stone, bronze, ivory, stone & copper inscriptions, terracotta seals & figures, Chhatras, haloes, ornaments, finials, flowers, small vessels, coins and many more.
The Udayagiri region is another famous region of the Buddhist Circuit, which is famous place for Buddhism learners and pilgrims. A number of excavations by the Archaeological Department have added to the glory of this landmass that was once a pious hub for Buddhism. The monastery in Udayagiri has a large compound with 18 cells and a courtyard. The highlight at the monastery is the 3-m Lokesvar Buddha image that has 8th century inscription on it.
Lalitgiri is the third important that make up the Buddhist Circuit region. The site that was lastly excavated in 1985, was the source of the 20-m-high apsidal as well as sculptures and decorated door jambs. The inscription on the stone platform indicates that it dates back to second century. Apart from this, the three caskets and many other excavations explain the facts that Lalitgiri has connections back to ancient times.