Buddhism was known in Odisha (Orissa), appropriate from the season of its origin, however the Lord Buddha never went by Odisha (Orissa) amid his lifetime. Buddhist Chronicles allude to Buddha's Kesa Asthi (Hair relic) conveyed to Odra (Odisha (Orissa)) by two rich dealers - Tapassu and Bhallika. In the consequent period, the nail and tooth relics of Buddha too went into Odra.
Researchers trust that Biraja (present day Jajpur) was a consecrated place where there is Buddha Padmaprabha and the support of Mahayana, upheld by reality that Jajpur and its neighborhood are believed to be rich in Mahayanic ancient pieces. In the seventh century, the visit of Hiuen Tsang to Odisha (Orissa) strikingly accounts the prospering territory of Buddhism in Odra.
Between the eighth tenth century, Buddhism was the state religion under the Bhaumakaras and this period likewise observed development of tantric type of Mahayana Buddhism. The impact and effect of Buddhism proceeded in Odisha (Orissa) until fifteenth century. The countless stupas, viharas (religious communities) and pictures found crosswise over Odisha (Orissa) vouch for its long legacy.
Buddhist tourism in Odisha (Orissa) has watched the opening up of some new vistas by late discoveries from unearthings. In spite of the way that numerous Buddhist landmarks as of now exist in Odisha (Orissa), these recently recognized locales with Buddhist remains have likewise added to the appeal of Odisha (Orissa). With Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri slopes found 90 kms from Bhubaneswar and 60 kms North East of Cuttack, Odisha (Orissa) draws in numerous Buddhist sightseers every year.
The Ratnagiri Hill is known to have the most broad destroys and is popular for lodging the religious community of 'Pushpagiri' revealed by Chinese voyager Hiuen T' Sang. The vast majority of the models found here go back to eighth and ninth hundreds of years. The Laitaghiri slopes in Odisha (Orissa) likewise serve to be a chronicled site of significance. An antiquated stupa containing relics protected in coffins of stone is one of the current and terrific revelations.
The Shanti Stupa at the Dhauli Hill, on the bank of the River Daya, is likewise one of the much really popular Buddhist locales at Odisha (Orissa). It was here that ruler Ashoka experienced a mind change and relinquished war for whatever remains of his life, in the third century BC. In this way, the Nippon-Buddha Sangha set up a peace pagoda or Shanti Stupa at Dhauli. A religious community named Saddharma Vihar Lalitagiri was likewise developed here, along these lines, making it the most punctual Buddhist complex of first century AD.
Aside from these, Buddhist landmarks are scattered all through the state as yet anticipating further uncovering and study. Cuttack, Sambalpur, Balasore, Ganjam and Phulbani are a few, to give some examples.