Buddhist stupas recovered

Press Trust of India, Dec 19, 2006

New Delhi, India -- Buddhist stupas mentioned by Chinese traveller Hieun Tsang in his writings have been recovered during excavations in Orissa.

The Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies, Bhubaneswar, has conducted excavations at Langudi, Tarapur, Deuli and Kayama and reported recovery of Buddhist stupas mentioned by Hieun Tsang, Union minister for tourism and culture Ms Ambika Soni told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

The excavations have also brought to light several short inscriptions in Brahmi, Shankh lipi, proto-Oriya and Oriya scripts and other material remains dating back to 2nd Century BC to 7th to 8th Centuries AD, she said.

The ASI has declared the Langudi Hill and the archaeological remains as monuments of national importance. The Union tourism ministry sanctioned an amount of Rs 740.67 lakh in 2004-05 for the development of the Buddhist circuit in Orissa for upgrading facilities at Langudi and other Buddhist places.