In a move to promote the Buddhist heritage of Odisha as a niche product within and outside the country the Department of Tourism in association with Odishan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies and Archaeological Survey of India in support of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) and Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) recently organised the 4th International Buddhist Conference at Udayagiri and Bhubaneswar.
The three-day conclave attracted about 200 International and National delegates scholars of Buddhism and Heritage, Tour Operators, Head Monks and Monks from various monasteries, who joined together to promote our Buddhist heritage resources in the world market through Odisha Tourism.
Odisha has played a major role in converting Buddhism from a regional religion of north India to an international religion.
In the last two to three decades, hundreds of Buddhist sites were explored and many of them were excavated in Odisha. It is revealed that number of huge Buddhist settlement sites like Lalitgiri, Udayagiri, Ratnagiri, Langudi, Radhanagar, Aragarh etc that all presents a scenic landscape, serene monumental remains (Stupas, Chaityas, Monasteries) and sublime metaphors (Buddha and Bodhisattvas) that tells the story of Odisha’s past of life and culture.