Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav
Kalinga Mahaotsav celebrated at Dhauli for 2 days marks the victory of peace over war with regards to the Buddhist philosophy of winning people's heart through Dharma than conquering land by force. It is also known as the National Festival of Martial Dance.
Various martial arts dance forms are showcased with Indian music, thus attracting dancers from all over India. Chhow and Paika from Orissa, Thang Ta from Manipur and Kalaripayattu from Kerala are the most prominent dance performances.
The Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) serves as the venue for the festival, which is the place where Emperor Ashoka is believed to have fought the Kalinga war, before giving up the sword and embracing Buddhism.
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