Dhaulli Giri, The hillside of Dhaulli Giri or Dhauli is situated on the banks of Daya River and is few kilometers apart from the state capital of Odisha. 8 km south of the capital city Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha. Dhaulli Giri is highly applauded for its Ashokan Edicts that were embossed by the famous preacher of peace. Once the battle field of the famous Kalinga war this place holds vast historic significance in Odisha Tourism. According legends, the Kalinga War so blood-curdling that Daya River had gone as a result of the bloodbath that the war resulted into. It was after seeing such an awful sight that the ruler gave away violence and started to follow the path of peace. Owing to the keen efforts of Ashoka, Dhaulli Giri became popularly known as a Buddhist center. Ashoka founded numerous Pillars, Chaityas and Stupas in the hillside that are visited by travelers in large numbers.
Dhaulli Giri is home to an array of Rock Edicts such as I-X, XIV as well as two separate Kalinga Edicts. The Kalinga Edict VI reads “Welfare of the whole world” that displays the concern Buddha grew in his heart for mankind. Above the Edicts, one can see the oldest Buddhist sculptures of the state in the form of rock-cut elephant.
The Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa was erected in the year 1972 by the joint efforts of the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha. Situated on the hilltop, this is a must see for travelers who visit Dhaulli Giri.
The renowned Bhaskareshwar Temple is situated at Tankapani road. This temple is famous for its array of Ashokan edicts and a Stupa located in its premises.
The Shiva Temple was erected in honor of Lord Shiva. Located in the Dhaulli Giri hills, this temple is flocked with devotees who offer milk and sweets to the Lord on the eve of Shiva Ratri.