Ashokan Rock Edict (Dhauli)
Ashokan Rock Edict is located at Dhauli, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar. This magnificent Buddhist Temple was built by Indo-Japanese collaboration. The Buddhist influence is spread all over Bhubaneswar.
The rock-cut edicts, topped by a sculpted elephant (the universal symbol of Buddhism) perpetuate the cult of gentleness, peace and justice, by a regretful ruler, to his administrators.On the Dhauligiri hills stands the Peace Pagoda, build by Japan Buddha Sangha and Kalinga Nippon Budha Sangha, in the 70's stands as a glossy beacon beaming out of its message of peace as far as the eye can see.
This is supposed to be the initial rock-cut sculpture in India.On the Dhauligiri Hills, where the great Kalinga war was fought, stands a very modern monument to world peace, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. Below the Dhauligiri Hills, the river Daya flows peacefully.