Dhavalagiri, literally the ‘ white hill’ in Orissa, is a prominent centre of Buddhism in India itself. A famous Buddha temple is located here. Dhavalagiri is the place where long ago the battle of Kalinga took place.
The Kalinga battle has a special place in Indian history, since legends say that it was after being shocked by the atrocities of this battle that King Ashoka embraced Buddhism, a religion which had profound influence on Indian culture with its stress on non-violence, peace and love. The Buddha temple here had been constructed to atone for the Kalinga battle.
This white-coloured building has two Buddha idols, one in Abhaya (protective) and the other in Jnana (wisdom) Mudra (hand gesture). In every element of the temple, there throbs a silent prayer for world peace.