Early Buddhist Sites in Odisha: A Study of Ayodhya, Langudi and Solanpur
Department of History & Archaeology
Fakir Mohan University, Balasore,Odisha
Abstract:: The historical territorial divisions of Toshali, Kalinga, Utkala, Kosala, Odra, and Kangoda made up the present-day state of Odisha. Odisha is connected to all of the major faiths in India, including the orthodox and heterodox, from the very beginning of the early historical period, according to archaeological research and findings. Alongside other religions has appeared to have existed from the beginning. While Buddhist institutions in the majority of the country were abandoned a few centuries earlier, Buddhism was also widely embraced in Odisha and had a very long, affluent, and ongoing history in this region up until roughly the 13th or 14th century AD. Although there are literary references to people in ancient Odisha knowing about Lord Buddha and his teachings, there are currently no physical proofs that he ever visited Odisha or ancient Kalinga during his lifetime.
Key Words:Buddhism, Kalinga, Monument, Odisha, Stupa