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Tissamaharama Viharaya


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TISSAMAHARAMA VIHARAYA


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The Tissamaharam Raja MahaVihara is one of the largest dagobas (Stupa) with a height of 158 feet and 550 feet in circumference in Sri Lanka. A stupa is a Buddhist dome-shaped religious monument found largely on the Indian subcontinent and called a dagoba in Sri Lanka.

According to history this stupa has been built by King Kavantissa who ruled Ruhuna in the 1st century BC but it is believed that this pagoda was initially built by King Mahanaga in the 3rd century BC and King Kavantissa almost certainly enlarged the shrine. The site was consecrated by Buddha himself, who spent some time in meditation there with 500 arahats (individuals who have reached enlightenment).

It is also believed that Great King Dutugemunu was born on this area.It is believed that the fontal bone relic of Buddha was temporally enshrined in this stupa but later it was enshrined in the Seruvila Mangala Maha Stupa. According to a pillar inscription in Kirinda, the left tooth relic of Buddha is supposed to be enshrined in this stupa.

The latest restoration of this stupa had begun in 1858 and was completed in 1900. The granite pinnacle of the original stupa is now lying on the platform on which the dageba was built.


 

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