Government of Odisha destroy Buddhist heritage, monuments: Gyanendra

Government of Odisha destroy Buddhist heritage, monuments: Gyanendra

Bhubaneswar, May 21 (UNI) The government of Odisha has plotted to destroy the rich Buddhist monuments and heritages located on Sukhuapada hill of Lalitgiri in Jajpur district, Bharatiya Mahabodhi samiti, National Vice President Arya Kumar Gyanendra said on Saturday . Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, Gyanendra alleged that the government had leased the hill to the state-owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to mine khendelite stones for temple beautification in various places, destroying the monuments and the Buddhist heritage. He said that in 2005 Jajpur district collector leased Sukhuapada hill for Murrum mining. But a joint committee set up by the Odisha High Court has recommended that the hill not be rented out. The High Court, Gyenendra said, constituted the Joint Committee after a non-governmental organization working for the promotion of Buddhism approached the High Court to oppose morrum mining. He said ASI had preserved Buddhist monuments and six large Buddha statues excavated from Hathikhal on the hill in Lalitgiri Museum. There is a Buddhist pagoda on top of Sukhuapada Hill and the possibility of relics of Lord Buddha and Sariput in the hill cannot be ruled out if excavations are carried out in the future. There is also the existence of Buddhist heritage and monuments in Ghantiasuni and Sadhugumpha caves of Sukhuapada hill, Gyanendra said and called on the government to immediately cancel the lease and stop stone quarrying. of Khondolite in the hill of Sukhuapada. UNI BD DP BM