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Glory of Mihintale

Mihintale which is situated close to the ancient city of Anuradhapura becomes a place of great significance to Buddhists in Sri Lanka On Poson Poya Day because it is where Arahat Mahinda introduced Buddhism to King Devanampiyatissa,the reigning monarch at that time .


 One of the caves believed to have been built by King Devanampiyatissa.


Mihindu Maha Seya


 The 1st century B.C .Kantaka Cetiya at the first terrace built by King Suratissa.


The Kaludiya Pokuna

The entire area, illuminated with thousands of colourful earthen lamps and electric bulbs becomes a hub of activity with a congregation of thousands of Buddhist pilgrims on Poson Full Moon Poya Day.

There are many beautiful stupas, shrines, caves and ancient edifices here, built by the numerous kings over the years, that are of great significance.Some of them are the Kantaka Chetiya, Kaludiya Pokuna, Mihintale Maha Seya, stone inscriptions,Ambasthala Dagoba (Mango Tree Dagoba),the 1840 granite steps and the Medamaluwa monastery at the Middle Terrace.Pictured are a few of them.

 

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