History of Buddhism in Orissa dates back to the time of Buddha himself. It is one of the oldest religions known to the mankind. This serene religion has the beautiful 2500 years of history. Right from the 6th century B.C. to at least the 15th – 16th centuries AD Buddhism has extensively influenced the religious life of the people in Orissa.
Buddhism was almost lost for about a thousand long years, until the remains of the marvellous site were rediscovered with the spades of archaeologists. The recent archaeological exploration has reported more than 340 Buddhist sites, out of which 19 sites have been excavated so far.
The frequently visited Buddhist places and Buddhist attractions in Orissa are Pushpagiri, Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udayagiri, Langudi and Kuruma. These places have brought spectacular lime light to the ascetic establishments with the remains of stupas, monasteries and scores of images of Buddha.
Buddhist Circuit in Jajpur district of Odisha is the latest tourist attraction. It gives you an opportunity to relive the glorious religious history. The places that are covered in the Buddhist circuit are Pushpagiri, Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri. These beautiful places give you an opportunity to mark your presence and pay homage to Lord Buddha.