Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24, 2018, released the commemorative coin and postage stamp in memory of Paika Rebellion during his visit to Bhubaneswar to commemorate Paika Rebellion.
On the same occasion, the Prime Minister dedicated the IIT Bhubaneswar campus to the nation. IIT Bhubaneswar will spur the industrial development of Odisha, and work towards technology to improve the lives of the people. It would help generate employment for the youth of Odisha.
1. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Lalitgiri Archaeological Museum, adding a new facet of tourism in the region. Lalitgiri is one of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Odisha situated about 120 km north of Bhubaneswar in District Cuttack.
2. As per the policy of Site Museums, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) constructed the Site Museum at Lalitgiri for display and protection of retrieved antiquities.
3. The museum building was constructed through CPWD by incurring an expenditure of Rs 10 crores.
4. The whole complex is spread across an area of 4750 sq. meters.
5. The museum has been organised into six galleries with a display of antiquities at a cost of Rs 86 lakh.
6. Huge sculptures of the Buddha and various Buddhist deities, architectural fragments of Viharas and Chaityas are arranged period-wise across six galleries.
7. The most important findings of the Lalitgiri are relic caskets found inside the stupa during excavations in the year 1985.
8. Three Khondalite stone caskets were found, out of which two have one set of steatite, silver and gold caskets each with the relics inside in the form of charred bones.