Langudi hills, low hills around 90 km from the Mahanadi delta in Jajpur and Cuttack districts in the state of Orissa, are renowned for bearing atop the hills the remains of Pushpagiri University or Puspagiri Mahavihara (2nd century BC to 10th century AD), a major Buddhist centre of higher learning in ancient India, which flourished in the country until the 11th century.
The entire Pushpagiri University is spreading over 3 campuses atop the 3 adjoining hills – Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri, and Udayagiri. The remains of Puspagiri University were unearthed much later than those of the contemporary advanced learning centre like Takshila and Nalanda. As per the excavations, it is revealed that the structures here are older and larger than other centre like Nalanda and Vikramashila. The actual Mahavihara campus, which sprawls over three hilltops, houses a number of stupas, monasteries, temples and sculptures build in the Gupta period architectural style. You can spot here a tributary of the River Brahmani in Orissa, the River Kelua, which flows towards the north-east of Langudi hills. Mahavihara gets a picturesque background through this river.
LocationLangudi hills are low hills around 90 km from the Mahanadi delta in Jajpur and Cuttack districts in the state of Orissa.
Major AttractionsYou can spot several Stupas, Monasteries, Motifs and Sculptures located in Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri as the major attractions of Langudi.