Udayagiri is a Buddhist complex in Orissa, which along with Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri forms Pushpagiri University, holding several major stupas and monasteries (viharas). The place was known as 'Madhavapura Mahavihara' in the history, according to the epigraphical artifact found here.
Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has conducted numerous excavations since 1958, which is still continued. Udayagiri-2, the second part of Udayagiri, was discovered during the large excavation done from 1997 to 2000. ASI found here many additional stupas and monasteries.
LocationUdayagiri is located 10 km from 5A National Highway, and is just 5 km away from Ratnagiri in the district of Jajpur. The destination is 20 km far from the north-east of Cuttack.
The monasteries blossomed at Udayagiri between the 7th and the 12th centuries A.D., chronologically after Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri. Udayagiri holds a monastery with an ancient name as Madhavapura Mahavihara. Another complex of brick monastery along with a number of Buddhist sculptures are also revealed by the excavations. You can spot all this at the foothills of a large hill.
Udayagiri also contains a brick stupa, two brick monasteries, a beautiful stepped-stone well with inscriptions on it, and also rock-cut sculptures at the top of the hill behind.
A number of sculptures related with the Buddhist pantheon can be spotted here. Boddhisattva figures and Dhyani Buddha figures are depicted on these sculptures.
Accent to the hilltop
A grand panoramic site as well as its recently-excavated sprawling monastery complex can be approached through a long stairway. Adventure lovers can have an adventurous ascent experience towards the hilltop. The hilly, meandering and all-weather ideal road on the next side of Udayagiri can give you a refreshing experience.