Monday, February 1, 2010

Srilanka, Sacred City of Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sri Lanka 500 Rupees 2005 UNC
Front: Kandy dancer; stylised dragon; Kandy drummers
Back: Thuparamaya Dagaba(Stupa in Anuradhapura)

Thuparama Continuing north from the Jethawana Dagaba, turn left at the crossroads to the site's oldest dagaba to house the right collar-bone of the Buddha. Built by Devanampiyathissa, the 19m high dagaba has retained its beautiful bell shape, despite restoration work, It is surrounded by concentric circles of a graceful granite monolithic pillars of a Vatadage which was added in the 7th Century, possibly originally design to support an over-arching thatched cover. It is a center of active pilgrimage, decorated with flags and light. Immediately to its north-east was the original Dalada Maligawa where the Tooth Relic was first enshrined when it was brought to Ceylon in AD 313. Chinese traveler monk Fahian gave a vivid description of its display, but only the stone columns remain
The THUPARAMA Dagoba situated north of the Ruwanweli Seya.
This is the first stupa (dagaba) built in Sri Lanka.

King Devanampiyatissa erected this in the 3rd Century B.C After Buddhism was introduced by Arehath Mahinda Himi.

Thuparama was in ruins in In the 7th century and restored, and a Vatadage was added. The concentric stone pillars standing right round the Stupa are the reaming of the old Vatadage. Information and Image Obtained from

Thuparama dagaba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Inmage Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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