Aragada stup hints at historical cluster

Buddhist Art News

3oriexca1_164549The Telegraph
Bibhuti Barik

Entire structure to emerge by fortnight

Bhubaneswar, May 2: Archaeologists have stumbled upon a Buddhist stup atop Aragada, a hill on the city outskirts, which could date back to as early as the first century.

The hill, about 5km from Jatni, also has a double-storey cave temple from the seventh or eighth century. The place is barely 200 metres from the Kahurda-Puri railway line and offers a beautiful view of the meandering Daya river from the 174-metre hilltop.

The culture department’s archaeologists, who are in the preliminary stage of excavation, have found the distinctly carved stup after removing layers of soil. It lay buried under an earthen mound covered with wild bushes.

Odisha Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies secretary Sunil Kumar Patnaik said: « After a month’s work, we have found scattered architectural remains and a circular stup on the hilltop. Its full shape…

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