Once the prosperous and ancient capital of Utkal, Jajpur was an
important and flourishing centre for trade and commerce in the olden
days. Its diverse cultural cross-currents enlivened and enriched
the city even in the days of the visit of the Chinese traveller
Huien T'Sang..It is also one of the sacred pilgrim points in Orissa.
Goddess viraja (Durga) is the city's reigning deity. Jajpur is also
known as Navigaya kshetra where Pinda is offered by the Hindus for
Udayagiri-Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri was the conversion of Ashoka to Budhism,
after the bloody was of Kalinga that was responsible for the spread
of this rreligion not only in Orissa but also to places as far flung
as China and Japan. While a vast amount of research and excavations
need to be conducted still, what we do have is a wealth of architectural
and sculptural findings that speak glowingly about the fine artistry
inherent amongst the people of Orissa's ancient past. Situated 70
kms away from Cuttack, the hills were home to a larger Buddhist
complex which could be the ruins of a Buddhist University called
Puspagiri (mentioned in the travelogues of the Chinese traveller
Chandikhol is a perfect picnic spot with its thickly wooded hills
and sylvan spring that flows perennially through its green glades.
- Ratnagiri & Udayagiri
By bus from 92 kms cuttack or bhubaneswar 118kms daily bus service
By train nearest railway station Jajpur-Keonjhar Road station of
Minimum in December-16.6 degree c.
Maximum : 36.5 degree centigrade (in May)
Rainfall: 114.35 cms
Light cotton in summer and heavy woolen in winter.
General Information & Accomdation info on Jajpur city of Orissa