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Anuradhapura Thuparama Dagoba in Sri Lanka
Thuparama Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. 

Located not far from the Ruwanwelisaya Stupa in Anuradhapura, the Thuparama Dagoba is the first dagoba built in Sri Lanka. It was built by King Devanampiyatissa to enshrine relics of the Buddha in the 3rd century BC. It was destroyed and restored several times. The present 19m.high dagoba is a construction from 1862 AD. It is surrounded by the remaining granite pillars of a vatadage that was added in the 7th century.

The name Thuparamaya means stupa and residential complex for monks, the ruins of which may be found in the area around the stupa.

Anuradhapura Image at Mirisawetiya Stupa in Sri Lanka
Mirisawetiya Stupa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Like the Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, the Mirisawetiya was built by King Dutugamunu. According to the legend, King Dutugamunu  took a ceremonial bath in Tissa Weva Lake and left his scepter containing Buddha's relics on the bank of the reservoir. After the bath, he returned to take the scepter but could not move it. The stupa was built in the place where the scepter stood.

Image at Mirisawetiya Stupa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Image at Mirisawetiya Stupa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.


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