Ratnagiri, located in the Jajpur district in the state of Orissa, is a renowned Buddhist holy destination. Ratnagiri monastery in Jajpur district of Odisha crowning flat hill-top is affording a panoramic view of the surrounding might have been chosen for the seclusion for the serene and calm atmosphere necessary for monastic life and meditation studies.
The place consists of several important Buddhist sculptures spotted around the hills. According to some excavations, the history of the region is associated with 6th Century AD and the Gupta Dynasty. As per an excavation, a huge monastery at Ratnagiri dates back to the Mahayana sect. It also revealed that the kings like Ashoka of the Gupta dynasty publicized Buddhism in this area. There has been found a number of other hints of Buddhism, including the Monastery, Stupas, Chaityas, among others. Ratnagiri is believed to be a superb destination of learning for the Budhism of Tantric cult that is Vajrayana. The region also witnessed the blossoming of the Kalchakrayana, as clued by Tibetan Buddhist texts.
Best time to visit: Winter
Open Time: 12hrs
Popular Cuisine: Local Food
Attractions: The Stupas, The Monasteries, The Motifs, Bhagbat Temple, Gopaldijiu Temple, Ratnagiri Local Park, Single Winged Monastery, Ratnagiri Museum, Mahakala Temple
Nearest Bus Stop: Ratnagiri
Nearest Railway Station: Jajpur Road (56km)
Travel Options: Bus, Cab
Nearest town: Jajpur (37km)
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 92 km