Dhauli Shanti Stupa
When I talk about Bhubaneswar, no doubt it is the temple town but its not only limited to Hindu temples. This place has a rich culture with different routes of different religion.
This time it was time to explore one such place for peace seeking. As the word peace signifies, the spot was Dhauli Shanti Stupa. 7 Km from Bhubaneswar you will find the Peace Pagoda. Lord Buddha’s this stupa is visited by many devotees and other tourists.
This white dome structure with dusky brown stone buddha sculptures, yellow edicts on wall and pillars is perfect aesthetic piece of art. King Ashoka’s edicts on the pillars signifies how he chose peace over war, joy over blood shred. The earliest Buddhist sculpture which is the rock cut elephant is one of the edicts you can’t miss. You will find stone sculpture of Lord Buddha in three different postures and endless edicts signifying stories of that era. Life of king Ashoka is well described on the pillars and walls justifying the fact he led the foundation of this wonderful dome. While you climb the stairs lions and Ashoka chakra will welcome you. Don’t forget to take a break and look the cityside view from top, the green breath-taking view still exist far from busy roads. The view of Daya River from the top of Shanti Stupa of Dhauli hill is fascinating. The river is calm, beautiful and the view of the river from the top of the Shanti Stupa is serene.
Not too big area to explore but worth for sunset view.
– Soma Mitra