2007-10-14 - Dhauli
Just south of Bhubaneswar, below the Dhauli Hills, is the spot where Ashoka had his epic battle against Kalinga, which convinced him that battling your neighbors wasn't such a great idea, and (eventually) caused him to adopt Buddhism as the state religion of his Mauryan Empire. To commemorate the events, Ashoka placed one of his Edicts in the Dhauli hills. Above the edict is a delicate scuplture of an elephant.

Nearby is the large Shanti Stupa, built by Japanese Buddhists in the 1970s.

In the plains below is Sisupalgarh, a large fortification that is believed to be the remains of the old capital of Kalinga.
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