Sunday, December 5, 2021

Dharmendra Pradhan seeks personal intervention of G Kishan Reddy to include Odisha in proposed Buddhist Circuit

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has sought the personal intervention of Union Minister of Culture, G Kishan Reddy to include Odisha in the proposed Buddhist Circuit under the centre’s Swadesh Darshan scheme.

AIR Correspondent reports that under the scheme, union tourism ministry has sanctioned five projects worth more than 325 crore rupees for Buddhist circuit development in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

Describing the non inclusion of Odisha in the proposed Buddhist circuit as unfortunate, despite the state’s strong Buddhist heritage, the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that onboarding Odisha in the Buddhist circuit would increase tourist footfalls in the state there by boosting the livelihood of the people of Odisha. Making a strong case for the state’s glorious Buddhist lineage, the Union Minister Mr Pradhan has said that during the 8th to 10th century under the Bhaumakara dynasty, Buddhism was considered a state religion of Odisha. Listing out other eloquent footprints of Buddhism in the state, Mr. Pradhan has said that two of Lord Buddha’s first disciples namely Tapasu and Ballika hailed from Odisha. Moreover, emperor Ashoka had patronised the spread of Buddhism both in the state and beyond. The minister said Buddhist sites and shrines like Dhaulagiri, Lalitgiri, Udaygiri, Ratnagiri and Jiranng continue to attract a huge number of international tourists to the state.

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