Pushpagiri ( ପୁଷ୍ପ ଗିରି )

Description : Pusphagiri (Also Puspagiri Mahavihara), one of the earliest buddhist mahavihara spread across Cuttack and Jajpur district of the state. It is ninety km distance from state capital Bhubaneswar. Nesting on three hills, are the ruins of what must have once been an imposing Buddhist monastry complex called Puspagiri.

The actual mahavihara campus, spread across three hilltops, contained several stupas, monasteries, temples, and sculptures in the architectural style of the Gupta period.The Kelua river, a tributary of the Brahmani river of Odisha, which flows to the north east of Langudi hills, provided a picturesque background for the mahavihara. The entire mahavihara is distributed across three campuses on top of the three adjoining hills, Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri, and Udayagiri.

Puphagiri ranks as one of the primary institutions of higher learning in ancient India, along with Nalanda, Vikramshila and Takshila universities. Puphagiri also was recorded in medieval Tibetan texts.

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