After watching the popular Asoka series on television now i am inclined towards the bravery tales of the great King and his journey towards Boddhisatva..After traveling a distance of 7 KMs from Bhubaneswar towards Puri ( or Konark ) one can see Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa at the right side ( on Dhauli hills ) just after crossing Daya river bridge.
This Dhauli Shanti Stupa is also known as Peace Pagoda.
DHAULA in odia means white which is the colour of peace and the GIRI means the mountain.
Historic Importance of Dhauligiri
It is believed that during the war the river turned red due to bloodshed in the war. The king ,Asoka,realizes the bad impact of war and become a Buddhist propagator. The building today is symbolic of the past of Kalinga war and it signifies the concerns the mankind of Buddha through his verdicts and it also showcases how he earned wisdom eventually through dedication and sacrifices. I was pondering upon how much this great man had to suffer for their noble cause. And the dedication and determination portrayed by him is commendable.
It was here at Dhauli by the side of Daya River that emperor Ashok laid down the weapons of violence and accepted a life of Ahimsa in the form of Buddhism after the Kalinga war. This stupa as selected by Fujii guruji is a symbol of peace for the future generation to come.
Construction of Stupa
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone of first Shanti Stupa in Bihar state at Rajgiri . After this the then Governor of Bihar Sri Nitya Nanda Kanungo decided to establish second Shanti Stupa at Dhauligiri in Orissa State. He formed Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh and became the chairman. Fujii Gurujii along with his young disciples helped in building the Stupa. This Stupa was ready in two year time and got inaugurated on 8th Nov 1972.
-the aerial view of the pristine Daya river along with Bhubaneswar city,the meadows and greenery along the banks.
-light and sound show transforms the monument into Asokan era and worth watching for.