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Entrance to one of the monasteries.
Lalitgiri is located in India
Shown within India
Basic information
Location  India
Geographic coordinates 20°35′22″N 86°15′02″E / 20.5894°N 86.2506°E / 20.5894; 86.2506Coordinates: 20°35′22″N 86°15′02″E / 20.5894°N 86.2506°E / 20.5894; 86.2506
Affiliation Buddhism
State Odisha
Status Preserved

Lalitgiri (Oriya: ଲଳିତଗିରି)(also known as Naltigiri) is a Buddhist complex in Odisha comprising major stupas and monasteries (viharas), similar to Ratnagiri and, together with Ratnagiri and Udayagiri, part of Puspagiri University.

Numerous excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India (A.S.I.) [1] have been conducted since 1985, and continue to this day.

A museum is to be built to display relic caskets thought to contain bones of Gautama Buddha, and other archaeological finds for public display. The site was extensively excavated by the A.S.I. from 1985-92. The remains of a huge stupa, and relic caskets consisting four containers made of khondalite, steatite, silver and gold were discovered along with other important structure and archaeological remains.[2]



See the following volumes of "Indian Archaeology - A Review" (IAR) [2] for details about the excavations there:

  • IAR 1985-86, pp. 62–63
  • IAR 1986-87, pp. 64–67
  • IAR 1987-88, pp. 88–90
  • IAR 1988-89, pp. 65–66


Latitude 20.589458 N | Longitude 86.25069 E

Google Maps calculates the coordinates of the Main Stupa of Lalitgiri at (20.589458,86.25069).


Lalitgiri Central structure
Lalitgiri Complete
Lalitgiri Ruins
Lalitgiri Mahastupha

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