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Maliyadeva
Maliyadeva
Maliyadeva
was a monk who is said to have lived in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
during the 2nd century BCE and to have attained nirvana.[1] According to the Mahavamsa, part of Theravādin tradition, Maliyadeva was the last well-known arhat who had high psychic powers ( Abigngnalabhi: in Sinhala:අභිඥ්ඥාලාභී අරහතුන් වහන්සේ ) in Sri Lanka[2] and Buddhism
Buddhism
in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
declined after this period. A legend says he brought four Buddha statues from India to Sri Lanka.[3] His meditation chamber may be seen at Arankale[4] [5] and his dwelling place at Guharamaya.[6] See also[edit] Maliyadeva
Maliyadeva
College, Sri Lanka Maliyadeva
Maliyadeva
Girls' College, Sri LankaReferences[edit]^ Gombrich, Richard; Bond, George D. (Oct–Dec 1989)
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Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 7°N 81°E / 7°N 81°E / 7; 81Democratic Socialist Republic
Republic
of Sri Lanka ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජය (Sinhalese) Srī Lankā prajātāntrika samājavādī janarajaya இலங்கை ஜனநாயக சோசலிச குடியரசு (Tamil) Ilaṅkai jaṉanāyaka sōsalisa kuṭiyarasuFlagEmblemAnthem: "Sri
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Sela Cetiya
Sela Cetiya is one of the 16 main places of worship or Solosmasthana and is situated to the west of Jetavanaramaya in the ancient sacred city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. This was constructed by King Lajjitissa who ruled in the 1st century BC. The diameter of the base of the stupa is 37 ½ feet. This stupa has been given this name as the platform and stupa has been constructed in stone. A moonstone and guardstones can be seen here. External links[edit]This page incorporates content from Dr. Rohan Hettiarachchi's [1] used with permission of website owner.This article about a building or structure in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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Adam's Peak
Adam's Peak
Adam's Peak
(Sinhalese: Sri Pada or "Sri Paadaya" (ශ්‍රී පාදය) and Samanalakanda, සමනළ කන්ද; Lit. "Butterfly Mountain"; Tamil: சிவனொளி பாதமலை, Sivanolipatha Malai; Arabic: Al-Rohun) is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist
Buddhist
tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva
Shiva
and in Islamic
Islamic
and Christian
Christian
tradition that of Adam, or that of St
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Diva Guhava
The Batatotalena Cave, also known as the Diva Guhava in Buddhist literature, is a cave system in Sudagala, 8 km (5 mi) away from the town of Kuruwita, in the Sabaragamuwa Province
Sabaragamuwa Province
of Sri Lanka. The cave measures approximately 15 m (49 ft) high, 18 m (59 ft) wide, and 25 m (82 ft) in length, totalling the internal cave area to 6,800 m3 (240,000 cu ft). Accessing the cave involves a 400 m (1,300 ft) hike from Sudagala, and an additional 50 m (160 ft) climb to reach the cave entrance
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Dighavapi
Dighavapi
Dighavapi
(Pali, "long reservoir") is a Buddhist sacred shrine and an archaeological site in the Ampara District
Ampara District
of Sri Lanka, boasting of historical records dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Water reservoirs, called "tanks", were an important feature of the hydraulic civilization of ancient Lanka, and temples and cities were built around them. The importance of Dighavapi
Dighavapi
is connected with legends about visits to this site by the Buddha himself, and many allusions to Dighavapi
Dighavapi
in the ancient chronicles as well as in the Pali
Pali
literature. It has also played a role in the political history of the region
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Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
The Tissamaharama
Tissamaharama
Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple in Tissamaharama, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It was one of the four major Buddhist monasteries established in Sri Lanka, after the arrival of Arhant Mahinda Thera to the country
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Mirisaveti Stupa
The Mirisaweti Stupa
Stupa
(Sinhalese: මිරිසවැටිය, Mirisavæṭiya) is situated in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.[1] King Dutugamunu (161 BC to 137 BC) built the Mirisaveti Stupa
Stupa
after defeating King Elara. After placing the Buddha relics in the sceptre, he had gone to Tissa Wewa for a bath leaving the sceptre. After the bath he returned to the place where the sceptre was placed, and it is said that it could not be moved. The stupa was built in the place where the sceptre stood. It is also said that he remembered that he partook a chilly curry without offering it to the sangha. In order to punish himself he built the Mirisavetiya Dagaba. The extent of this land is about 50 acres (20 ha)
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Ruwanwelisaya
The Ruwanwelisaya
Ruwanwelisaya
is a stupa, a hemispherical structure containing relics, in Sri Lanka, considered sacred to many Buddhists all over the world.[1] It was built by King Dutugemunu[citation needed] c. 140 B.C., who became lord of all Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
after a war in which the Chola King Ellalan, was defeated. It is also known as "Mahathupa", "Swarnamali Chaitya", "Suvarnamali Mahaceti" (in Pali) and "Rathnamali Dagaba". This is one of the "Solosmasthana" (the 16 places of veneration) and the "Atamasthana" (the 8 places of veneration in the ancient sacred city of Anuradhapura). The stupa is one of the world's tallest monuments, standing at 103 m (338 ft) and with a circumference of 290 m (951 ft).[2] The Kaunghmudaw Pagoda in Sagaing, Myanmar
Myanmar
is modeled after this stupa.[3] The stupa was a ruin in the 19th century
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Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
is an ancient Buddhist temple
Buddhist temple
in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Located in the sacred area of Mahamewna park, the
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Abhayagiri Dagaba
Abhayagiri Vihāra was a major monastery site of Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana
Vajrayana
Buddhism
Buddhism
that was situated in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is one of the most extensive ruins in the world and one of the most sacred Buddhist
Buddhist
pilgrimage cities in the nation. Historically it was a great monastic centre as well as a royal capital, with magnificent monasteries rising to many stories, roofed with gilt bronze or tiles of burnt clay glazed in brilliant colors. To the north of the city, encircled by great walls and containing elaborate bathing ponds, carved balustrades and moonstones, stood "Abhayagiri", one of seventeen such religious units in Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura
and the largest of its five major viharas. One of the focal points of the complex is an ancient stupa, the Abhayagiri Dagaba
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Jetavanaramaya
Coordinates: 8°21′06″N 80°24′13″E / 8.35167°N 80.40361°E / 8.35167; 80.40361JetavanaramayaජේතවනාරාමයJetavanaramayaFormer names Denanaka and DenaveheraGeneral informationType TempleLocation Anuradhapura,North Central Province, Sri LankaHeight 122 m (400 ft)DimensionsOther dimensions 233,000 m2 (2,508,000 sq ft)Technical detailsFloor area 5.6 HectaresThe Jetavanaramaya
Jetavanaramaya
(world's tallest stupa) is a stupa located in the ruins of Jetavana
Jetavana
in the sacred world heritage city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Kiri Vehera
Kiri Vehera
Kiri Vehera
is an ancient stupa situated in Kataragama, Sri Lanka. This stupa probably dates back to the 6th century BC and is believed to be built by King Mahasena, a regional ruler of Kataragama area.[1][2] One of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the country, Kiri Vehera
Kiri Vehera
is among the Solosmasthana, the 16 most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites of ancient Sri Lanka. This stupa which is 95 ft. in height with a circumference of 280 ft. is located 800 m North to the famous Ruhunu Maha Kataragama
Kataragama
Devalaya. Venerable Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera is the present Chief Prelate of Kirivehera Rajamaha Viharaya.[3] See also[edit] Kataragama
Kataragama
deviyo Kataragama
Kataragama
BodhiyaReferences and Notes[edit]^ "How God Skanda Helps the Faithful". Retrieved 2007-03-05.  ^ Amarasekara, Janani (13 January 2008)
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Nirvana
Nirvāṇa (/nɪərˈvɑːnə/ neer-VAH-nə, /-ˈvænə/ -VAN-ə, /nər-/ nər-;[1] Sanskrit: निर्वाण nirvāṇa [nirʋaːɳə]; Pali: निब्बान nibbāna; Prakrit: णिव्वाण ṇivvāṇa) literally means "blown out", as in an oil lamp.[2] The term "nirvana" is most commonly associated with Buddhism, and represents its ultimate state of soteriological release and liberation from rebirths in saṃsāra.[3][web 1][4] In Indian religions, nirvana is synonymous with moksha and mukti.[note 1] All Indian religions
Indian religions
assert it to be a state of perfect
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Atamasthana
Atamasthana
Atamasthana
(අටමස්ථානය) or Eight sacred places are a series of locations in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
where the Buddha
Buddha
had visited during his three visits to the country. The sacred places are known as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa
Mirisaveti Stupa
and Lankarama. They are situated in Anuradhapura, the capital of the ancient Anuradhapura Kingdom. The sacred city of Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura
exerted a considerable influence on the development of architecture in the country during several centuries
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Lovamahapaya
Lovamahapaya
Lovamahapaya
is a building situated between Ruwanweliseya and Sri Mahabodiya in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Brazen Palace or Lohaprasadaya because the roof was covered with bronze tiles. In ancient times, the building included the refectory and the uposathagara (Uposatha house). There was also a Simamalake where the Sangha assembled on Poya
Poya
days to recite the sutra of the confessional. The famous Lohaprasada built by King Dutugemunu, described as an edifice of nine stories, was a building of this class. One side of the building was 400 ft (120 m) in length. There are 40 rows, each row consisting of 40 stone pillars, for a total of 1600 pillars. It is believed that it took six years for the construction of the building and the plan was brought from the heavens
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