Chandragiri Buddhist Monastery, Gajapati, Odisha

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The Chandragiri Buddhist Monastery, located in the Gajapati district of Odisha, India, is a historic and significant site for Buddhism in the region. The monastery is situated on the top of Chandragiri Hill and is also known as the mini Tibet of Odisha.

Jirang Buddhist Monastery, Gajapati, Odisha

This place is around 80 kilometers from Paralakhemundi. The nearest railway station is Berhampur station and the nearest airport is Biju Patnaik Internation Airport, Bhubaneswar, which is around 263 kilometers away from this place.

Jirang Buddhist Monastery - Padma Sambhava Mahavihara

After the conflict between China and Tibet in 1959, Chandragiri village served as a Tibetan settler's home, and it was designated as camp No. 4 for Tibetan settlement.

On May 1, 1963, the first batch of Tibetans arrived at Chandragiri. Since their arrival, they have not only made Chandragiri and started some adjoining camps at Labarasingh, Mahendragadh, and Tankilipadar (all located within a 4-5 kilometer radius of Chandragiri). They have also added color to the picturesque mountains of the Eastern Ghats in this part of Odisha through their enterprise and demeanor. They named this place as Phuntsokling, a Tibetan word that means a land of pleasure and happiness.

Statue of Buddha in a sitting posture at Chandragiri Buddhist Monastery, Gajapati

The monastery is a unique blend of Indian and Tibetan architectural styles and is a fine example of the cultural exchange between two countries. 

Buddist Temple Bells at Chandragiri Monastery, Gajapati, Odisha

The major attraction is the Padmasambhava Monastery popularly known as the Jirang Monastery. It is the largest monastery in Eastern India. The monastery was originated by The Dalai Lama in 2010. It is a residence cum college for budding Buddhist monks who come from all over India to study.

Avalokiteswara statue in a sitting position at Mahedragad

Along with the Monastery at Labarasingh, Mahedragad's sitting Avalokitesvara statue is a popular tourist destination. Don't overlook the peace pagoda at Camp No. 4's gate.

In addition to its religious and historical significance, the Chandragiri Buddhist Monastery is also a great spot for nature lovers. The hilltop location of the monastery offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the beautiful gardens of the monastery are a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll.

Chandragiri - the Buddhist Monastery, Gajapati, Odisha

Overall, the Chandragiri Buddhist Monastery is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Buddhism, history, and culture. The unique blend of Indian and Tibetian architectural styles and the serene and peaceful atmosphere of the monastery make it an unforgettable experience. It's a perfect place to learn more about Buddhism and to explore the rich cultural heritage of Odisha.

N.B.: All these photographs are taken by Manas Muduli and Amar Barik and published here with their permission. Before publishing these photographs, please take permission from the original photographers.

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