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Thuparamaya Dagaba

Thuparamaya has built after Buddhism’s introduction to Sri Lanka. The Thuparamaya, made by King Devanapiyatissa, enshrines the sacred collar bone of the Buddha. This relic, a gift from India, stands testimony to the cordial relations enjoyed by the then Sri Lanka ruler.

Thuparamaya had t to be the initial Buddhist dagoba made in Sri Lanka. BC A 3rd-century white flag structure in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

The stupa dome has one, two, or three cylindrical terraces or basal rings at the bottom, sometimes forming a plinth. At its top, the crown carries the square chamber, a solid structure with a fair plan. Then come one or more cylinders, the spire and the pinnacle consisting of a minaret and a crystal.

There are five types of stupas depending on the functions they were to serve. The relic stupas serve as Buddha and the disciple’s burial place, the object stupas house the objects of sacred importance to Buddhism that belonged to the Buddha or his disciples.

A Vatadage is a various Buddhist structure encountered in Sri Lanka, and It is too known as a Dage, Thupagara, and Cetiyagara. Yet it may have had some Indian fallacious. It is a structure that is more or less identical to ancient Sri Lankan architecture. Vatadages had built around small stupas for their protection, often enshrining a relic or building on hallowed ground. Circular in shape, they were commonly made of stone and brick and attired with embellished stone carvings. Vatadages may have, too, had a wooden roof supported by several stone columns arranged in concentric lines.

The oldest such construction has believed to be the one nearby the Thuparamaya.

The word Vatadage means circular relic house or shrine. Dage means “relic house.” Similarly, cetiyaghara means “cetiya-house” and thupaghara “stupa-house”.

Vatadages often had four entries, usually oriented to the four cardinal directions. However, Built not all of them according to this tradition, and Vatadages such as the Thuparama have only one entrance.

 King Vasabha built it around an existing stupa from 67 to 111 AD. Although several Vatadages have made following this, it is uncertain who constructed them in most cases or when. Only ten Vatadages now last in the country. These were located at Thuparama, Lankarama, Mihintale, Polonnaruwa, Medirigiriya, Attanagalla, Rajangana, Menikdena, Devundara, and Tiriyaya.


Useful Information

  • Do not wear sleeveless tops and shorts. (Wear something that covers your shoulders and knees, like long pants or a skirt if possible.)
  • This place is quite crowded on Poya days, so you can go on another day if you want

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There was a past story that king Dewanampiyatissa was hunting when Mihidu Thero brought the dharma to Sri Lanka, and the meeting of the two happened on Mihinthalawa. The Mihintale tour will surely be a wonderful experience, and visit the Rajagiri Caves, Idikatu Saya, and Kaludiya Pokuna here.


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