Source: News Bharati English11 Apr 2017 10:10:42
Jaipur, April 11: 4th Kalinga International Conference on Buddhism was kicked off in Odisha with an aim to promote the Buddhist heritage of Odisha as a niche product within and outside the country in Udayagiri, Odisha. This conclave aims to highlight the rich Buddhist heritage at the global level.
This 4th International Buddhist Conference is being organized at Udayagiri and Bhubaneswar from 10th to 12th April 2017 by Department of Tourism in association with Odishan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies and Archaeological Survey of India in support of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) and Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC). Through scholastic deliberations and discussions inviting scholars, academicians, researchers, historians and above all the Tour Operators and Travel Agents from within and outside India this conclave aims to promote this glorious chapter of Odisha’s history.
Since two to three years decades, hundreds of Buddhist sites were explored in Odisha. It is revealed that number of huge Buddhist settlement sites like Lalitgiri, Udayagiri,Ratnagiri, Langudi, Radhanagar, Aragarh etc that all presents a scenic landscape, serene monumental remains (Stupas, Chaityas, Monasteries) and sublime metaphors (Buddha and Boddhisattavs) that tells the story of Odisha’s past of life and culture. Buddhism in Odisha is as old as the religion itself.