Diamond Triangle of Odisha -Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri, Udayagiri


Foreign tourist coming to India are mostly bound to do a common tourist circuit called the Golden Triangle. This Golden Triangle consists of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Apart from this, there is another very important site, which is referred to as the Diamond Triangle and is a very important part of India’s Buddhist heritage.

Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri are referred to as the Diamond Triangle of Odisha and is often considered as some of the most important Buddhist sites of the state. The name Diamond Triangle is not due to the locations of these sites on map instead the very root or sect of Buddhism from where these have evolved.

Vajrayana which when you translate from Sanskrit would mean Thunderbolt Vehicle (Vajra = Thunderbolt and Yana = Vehicle). In Sanskrit Diamond is also known as Vajramaṇi thus Vajrayana was referred to as the Diamond Vehicle sect of Buddhism.

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Contemplating Coorg


Contemplating Coorg (1)

The department meeting was at its peak when suddenly I could feel the vibration of my mobile. Since most of the chat groups of my friends are put on permanent mute I knew this was something important. Sliding out the mobile from my pant pocket I managed to catch a glimpse of the SMS on the screen. “Finally, I am getting married” was the only few words that contained a historical milestone for my childhood friend Dev. We just did not grow up together but rather became human from a pair of monkeys. Right from school, college, extra classes you name it he was there. Even when my elder sister was getting married he was there for nearly a week in my house for God knows why.

For some reason, all our common friends including me were married with kids except Dev, for some reason or the other he could not get the girl of his dream and finally when he was getting hitched it was not only a big celebration for me but for my family also.

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