Ratnagiri, a prominent pilgrimage Buddhism place is located near Udaigiri and Khandagiri caves of Orissa. Festooned with all important Buddhist sculptures and teemed in the hill range, Ratnagiri makes your travel and tour to Orissa a meaningful one. Buddhist monasteries, stupas, motifs are the prime attracting features of Ratnagiri. A plethora of excavations were carried out at Ratnagiri dating back to the Gupta dynasty. Ratnagiri sculptures are dated around the 6th century AD. Thus, numerous of Buddhist structures were unearthed from the hill range nearby.
The attractive features of Ratnagiri are its majestic monasteries, stupas and Chaityas. Excavations have revealed two big monasteries, one huge stupa, Buddhists shrines, sculptures and votive stupas in Ratnagiri. The bigger of the two monasteries has 60 columns and well decked gates. One massive picture of meditating Buddha with eyes half open at the top of the hill is the ultimate features of Ratnagiri pilgrimage tour. The rich Buddhist treasures of Ratnagiri also include bronze and stone images of the Buddha as well as numerous idols of Buddhist pantheons. There is also a museum to protect and exhibits the relics unwrapped from the site.
How to reach Ratnagiri
The nearest airport of Bhubaneshwar is connected to all the major cities in India.
The nearest railway station is at Cuttack, well- linked with all destinations of India.
Direct buses are available between Ratnagiri and Cuttack and also other prime cities of Orissa.
Premier Buddhist Sites in Orissa