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PM to open Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri in Odisha

Into the past: The museum building at Lalitgiri in Odisha.

Into the past: The museum building at Lalitgiri in Odisha.  

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Ancient seals and inscriptions, relic caskets, stone pathways found

One of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Odisha, Lalitgiri, where excavations have yielded ancient seals and inscriptions, has been converted into a museum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the museum through video conference from Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Located in Cuttack district, it will be the third site museum of the Bhubaneswar circle of the Archaeological Survey of India after Ratnagiri and Konrak, said Nandini Bhattacharya Sahu, Regional Director of ASI (Eastern Circle).

The museum complex is spread over 4,750 sq. m. The building and auditorium are built over 1,310 sq. m. The complex has been constructed at a cost of ₹10 crore.

Excavations at Lalitgiri have yielded the remains of four monasteries, showing cultural continuity from the post-Mauryan period till the 13th century CE. The centre of attraction is a relic casket containing corporal remains found inside the Mahastupta. “Huge sculptures of Buddha, architectural fragments of Viharas and Chaityas are arranged period-wise. . The central gallery is designed after a Buddha Mandala with a colossal Buddha image at the centre and six Bodhisattva images surrounding it,” said Arun Malik, Archaeologist, ASI (Bhubaneswar Circle).

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