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Pictures from Anuradhapura, in Sri Lanka: Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.

Anuradhapura was the capital of Sri Lanka. from the 4th century BC until 1073 AD when Polonnaruwa became the capital of the Kingdom. 113 kings reigned there. Anuradhapura is famous for its well-preserved and restored historical monuments. It is a world heritage site (UNESCO).

Anuradhapura Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba in Sri Lanka
Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, also known as the Great Stupa or Swarnamalee Chetiya, is a magnificent stupa located in the historical site of Anuradhaura in Sri Lanka. Standing at 91 m.(300 ft) and having a circumference of 290 M. (950 ft), it is the tallest dagoba in regular use in Sri Lanka. Ruwan weli saya means Golden Sand Stupa in Sinhalese.

Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba was built by King Dutugemunu to house the begging bowl of Buddha. It has been fully restored. It is a pilgrimage destination for many Buddhists. 

King Dutugemunu reigned from 161BC to 137 BC and was famous for defeating the Tamil King of Anuradhapura and expanding the city.

Queen Ranmanika at the Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Images of Queen Ranmanika at the Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

A statue of King Dutugemunu faces the Ruwanwelisaya Stupa. The image of his wife, Queen Ranmanika, may be found there too.

Anuradhapura Elephant wall at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba in Sri Lanka
The Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba is surrounded by a wall with sculpted elephants.


 

Links

Ministry of culture of Sri Lanka
Introduction to the world heritage sites in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of culture.

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