Daya River

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Daya River
Kalinga battlefield daya river dhauli hills.jpg
Banks of the River Daya, also the supposed battlefield of Kalinga from atop Dhauli hills
Native name दया नदी
Country India
Physical characteristics
Source Kuakhai River
 ⁃ location Odisha
Mouth Bay of Bengal and Chilka lake
An illustration of Mahanadi Koyakhai distributray system in Odisha, India draining into Bay of Bengal and Chilka lake. Picture not drawn to scale

The Daya River starts as a branch of the Kuakhai River at Saradeipur (near Badahati) in Odisha state in India. It is joined by the Malaguni River below Golabai and flows through Khordha and Puri districts before emptying into the north-eastern corner of Chilika Lake, 37 kilometres (23 mi) from its origin.[1]

The historically important Dhauli hills are located on the banks of the Daya River, 8 kilometres (5 mi) south of Bhubaneswar. It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it, and has major edicts of Ashoka engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill. Dhauli hill is presumed to be the area where Kalinga War was fought.


  1. ^ "Daya River". India. Online Highways LLC. 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2008.

Coordinates: 19°53′N 85°35′E / 19.883°N 85.583°E / 19.883; 85.583

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