Located about 8 km from Bhubaneswar, Dhauli Giri Hills is best known as the site of the Peace Pagoda or Dhauli Shanti Stupa. The dome-shaped Shanti Stupa has stone panels displaying Lord Buddha's footprints and the Bodhi tree. The dome has five umbrellas, symbolising the five essential parts of Buddhism. After dark, there is a grand sound-and-light show organised here with state-of-the-art projectors beaming laser rays on the stupa, narrating its grand history in 3D. From the time of the Kalinga empire to the feuds of the Mauryan empire, and the crowning of king Ashoka, the show covers it all in around 35 minutes. It ends with Ashoka adopting Buddhism, post the Kalinga War. In close proximity to the stupa are rock-cut caves and temples, including the temple of Dhavaleswara.

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