Buddhist temple of Aragada Hill

Northern slope of Aragada Hill is rich with Buddhist remnants – in fact hills in vicinities are honeycombed with caves of Buddhist arcetics. Aragada Hill contains circular earthen mound with architectural details like votiva stupa, railing pillars, fragments of bricks and others.

Next to the eventual stupa there is double storied temple facing north. Originally the lower story is a rock-cut cave, the upper floor is later stone structure. Temple is abandoned.

Upper floor is 3.45 x 3.45 m large, 2.4 m high. Temple is not rich with ornamentation, except for latticed windows towards east and west and pilasters with simple ornaments.

Close to the temple there is small (0.4 x 0.3 m) rock-cut niche housing a Dhyani Buddha (representing one of five qualities of Buddha), flanked by flying Vidyadhara. Nearby also rock-cut water tank – 1.4 x 1.3 x 1.25 m large.

Basing of architectural details (nagara style) the temple could be attributed to Somavamsi period.


  1. Documentation format for Double Storied Temple at Aragada Hill, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Accessed on May 8, 2010.
  2. Double Storied Temple at Aragada Hill, Images, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Was accessed on May 8, 2010.

Buddhist temple of Aragada Hill on the map

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Location, GPS coordinates: 20.1210 N 85.7137 E (mistake up to 2000 m)
Categories: Buddhist shrines, Hindu shrines, Rock cut temples and monasteries
Values: Art, Architecture, History, Archaeology
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)
Where is located? Asia, India, Odisha, Puri district, 24 km southwest from Bhubaneswar, northern slope of Aragada Hill
Age: the 9th – 10th century AD
Religion: Buddhism

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