King Ashoka or Ashoka the Good, was one particular of India’s greatest kings. The grandson of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Maurya dynasty, King Ashoka ruled nearly all of the Indian subcontinent from 268 to 232 BC. From Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the East and from Kashmir in the north to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala in the South, his empire’s reign was totally enormous. The turning point in his life came appropriate following he won the bloody Kalinga (the land we know as Odisha currently) war. He was deeply impacted by all the bloodshed and that is when he created the switch to Buddhism and became one particular of the strongest preachers and ambassadors of Buddhism in the globe. It was since of him that Buddhism spread to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Tibet, China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and other nations in the far east.
As Indians, we have discovered and study about him in our schools and books and see his influence on our Indian flag, our currencies and at numerous other areas across the nation (I am referring to his emblem as observed on Sarnath’s Ashoka pillar). But, absolutely nothing comes close to the expertise of transporting oneself two,500 years to the time exactly where lands had been recognized as Kalinga, Magadh, Patliputra, and so forth. and re-living the life of one particular of the greatest kings the planet has ever recognized.
One particular of the very best areas to have this expertise is Dhauli Stupa, the spot from exactly where you can see the Kalinga battlefield and the spot exactly where King Ashoka left his violence behind and embraced the guidance and teachings of Lord Buddha. This story is told each evening at Dhauli Stupa by means of a spectacular light and sound show. Developed by renowned Russian artist Maria Rud and neighborhood sand artists, this visual and auditory treat carries the iconic voice of Om Puri (in Hindi), Kabir Bedi (in English) and Bijaya Mohanty (in Odia). In the course of this show, the white peace pagoda of Dhauli is morphed into a rapid moving mural canvas with the most up-to-date 3D projection mapping technologies and five.1 surround sound. It is a need to expertise for all guests on a vacation to Odisha!
Under is the complete light and sound show in three video components for all these who can not travel to Dhauli and expertise it in particular person. Do watch it on massive screens with highest resolution and excellent good quality sound method to appreciate it a lot more. I took all 3 videos employing my Google Pixel 2XL mobile telephone.
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Timings: There are two shows each day. One particular at six PM and the other at six: 45 PM. The show lasts a total of 35 minutes
Expense: The ticket for every single adult charges INR 25 and INR 10 for students
How to attain there: Bhubaneshwar is your nearest airport, railway station and bus hub. You can attain Dhauli by road in about 60 minutes from Bhubaneshwar. You could either employ an auto rickshaw or vehicle for the commute. There are a handful of methods that one particular has to climb to attain Dhauli hill from the parking lot.
Greatest Season: Winter would be the perfect season to see this show as temperatures would be extremely pleasant.