Bhubaneswar: With attraction of the enigmatic Buddhist remains in Odisha and in a bid to promote Buddhist tourism, Light of Buddha Dharma International (LBDF), Berkeley, California has come forward for a three day Tripitaka Chanting Programme for World Peace and Tourism Promotion at Ratngiri and Udayagiri. Odisha Tourism is providing adequate support for the programme which starts from 19th, said Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Tourism and Culture.
Sri Panda said, there are 110 Buddhist monks, scholars and teachers from various countries like China, Thailand, Myanmar, Tibet and India, taking part in the Chanting programme. organized by Madam Wangomo Dixy, Executive Director, LBDF, in association with Odisha Tourism.
The three day programme is scheduled to be organised with its official inauguration at Pathrajpur, Chanting at Udayagiri and Meditation at Ratnagiri in the district of Jajpur. Odisha Tourism is inviting tour operators from Thailand, Bodhagaya, Delhi and Odisha to participate in the three day chanting programme to establish Buddhist Heritage as a major tourism attraction of Odisha, said Dr Mona Sharma, Principal Secy, Tourism, Odisha.
In the last two/three decades hundreds of Buddhist sites were explored and many of them were excavated in Odisha ranging from 3rd century BC to 14th century AD, which become our major tourism resource. It is visible with number of huge Buddhist settlement sites like Dhauli, Lalitgiri, Udayagiri, Ratnagiri, Langudi, Aragarh etc., that all presents a scenic landscape, serene monumental remains (Stupas, Chaityas, Monasteries) and sublime metaphors(Buddha and Boddisattavs) that tells the story of 2500 year’s heritage and culture of Odisha. These imposing Buddhist heritage Resources need to be promoted in the international market for growth of tourism with an incredible heritage attraction.