Monday, May 12, 2014

Ratnagiri, the Hill of Jewels

Well known Buddhist sites of Orissa form Diamond Triangle with Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri. They are located in the green hills and lush fields amidst the serene surroundings of Mahanadi basin. 



Ratnagiri or the Hill of Jewels is situated on an isolated hill of Assia range and the excavations at Ratnagiri has unearthed several important Buddhist sculptures. And as per these excavations, the history of the region dates back to 6th Century AD during the reign of Gupta Dynasty. It is believed that the place has been a superb destination of learning for the Buddhism.



The important attractions here are:

Nearby places of interest are:
How to Reach: Ratnagiri is just 70 kms away from Cuttack and it can be reached by travelling on National Highway 5A. There are sign boards on the highway to reach this place.

34 comments:

Rajlakshmi said...

so much history is carved in those sculptures. Beautiful captures

Muza-chan said...

Interesting, thank you :)

Jeevan said...

Sounds like a peaceful place! Beautiful images

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Might visit it this summer.

Icy BC said...

Oh fantastic shots! Looks like there is so much to discover and to learn!

R Niranjan Das said...

Interesting place. Nice captures!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, another beautiful, fascinating place in your world, Rajesh!! Thank you as always for sharing the beauty of your world!!

Fun60 said...

I love the way the children are framed by the ancient stonework in your photo.

Photo Cache said...

beautiful smiles on the boys. are they your kids?

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Such treasures, and so much history. It looks like a beautiful place.

carol l mckenna said...

Handsome children and once again beautiful history and photos of a lovely temple ~ for OWT ~ namaste,

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George said...

'Hill of Jewels' is a beautiful name for this place. It must be very fascinating to visit there.

Ileana said...

Interesting place!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

they are celebrating vesak day.

Jim said...

Beautiful art.
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Joyful said...

It looks like an interesting place to spend the day.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful place and adorable kids!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like a very interesting place to visit to see all the excavations. Your boys are growing, Rajesh!

Marcy said...

Amazing as always!

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Leovi said...

Yes, wonderful pictures, I like the portrait in that beautiful door!

http://joshidaniel.com/ said...

very different and nice :)

photowannabe said...

Your tour photos are always fascinating. Such interesting architecture.

Ruth Kelly said...

Fascinating place!

Roger Owen Green said...

I do like this setting
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Black Jack's Carol said...

Love the smiles on the boys' faces and the history behind the sculptures is fascinating.

Carver said...

Great shots of an interesting place.

Norma Ruttan said...

what magnificent sculptures! I find it amazing that such historic finds are intact.

Al said...

That's another impressive temple - it must be great to have all that history within reach.

AmitAag said...

Interesting place! Beautiful images!!

Joy said...

Hill of Jewels is an evocative name, what amazing history is there.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful! The carvings and statues are amazing.

Lancelot Quadras said...

Such art makes us wonder how much of efforts might have gone in creating these masterpieces!!:)

D.Nambiar said...

Awesome sculpture there.

Nikhil said...

Interesting set of clicks! :)