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Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
is an ancient Buddhist temple
Buddhist temple
in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Located in the sacred area of Mahamewna park, the Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
Stupa
Stupa
is the earliest Dagoba to be constructed in the island, dating back to the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa
Devanampiya Tissa
(247-207 BC).[1] The temple has been formally recognised by the Government as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 The Stupa 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

Stone pillars around the Stupa
Stupa
suggest that there was a Vatadage
Vatadage
with a conical roof and the Stupa
Stupa
in the center of the house

Mahinda Thera, an envoy sent by King Ashoka
Ashoka
himself introduced Theravada
Theravada
Buddhism
Buddhism
and also Chaitya
Chaitya
worship to Sri Lanka. At his request King Devanampiya Tissa
Devanampiya Tissa
built Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
in which he enshrined the right collar-bone of the Buddha.[3][4] It is considered to be the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
following the introduction of Buddhism and also the earliest monument, the construction of which was chronicled. The name Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
comes from "stupa" and "aramaya" which is a residential complex for monks. According to the Palumekichchawa Inscription, the tank called Madamanaka (Palumekichchawa Wewa) at Upala Vibajaka area had been constructed at a cost of 5000 Kahavanu and donated on behalf of the Bhikkus who were living at the Thuparama temple. It further states that the harvest from the paddy fields surrounding the tank was presented to the Bhikkus at the temple. The inscription is the earliest chiseled stone inscription in which the name of the Thuparama temple is inscribed, and said to be belonged to the reign of King Gajabahu (114-136 A.D.).[5] The Stupa[edit] Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
dagoba has been built in the shape of a bell. This dagoba was destroyed from time to time. During the reign of King Agbo II it was completely destroyed and the King restored it. What is seen presently is the construction of the dagoba, done in 1842 AD.[6] As of today, after several renovations, in the course of the centuries, the monument has a diameter of 59 ft (18 m), at the base. The dome is 11 feet 4 inches (3.45 m) in height from the ground, 164 1⁄2 ft (50.1 m) in diameter. The compound is paved with granite and there are 2 rows of stone pillars round the dagaba. During the early period a vatadage was built round Thuparamaya.

Thuparamaya
Thuparamaya
Stupa
Stupa
and Stone Pillars

See also[edit]

Atamasthana Solosmasthana

References[edit]

^ Gunawardena, C. A. (2003). Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterlin Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi-110020. p. 290. ISBN 81-207-2536-0.  ^ "Archaeological Sites (Map)". Department of Archaeology. Retrieved 20 September 2017.  ^ De Thabrew, W. Vivian (2013). Monuments and Temples of Orthodox Buddhism
Buddhism
in India and Sri Lanka. AuthorHouse. p. 59. ISBN 9781481795517. Accordingly the right collar-bone of the Buddha was received with great veneration and pomp and enshrined  ^ Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Branch (1990). Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, Volume 33. Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. p. 10. ...to the building of the Thuparamaya, the first stupa to be built in Lanka to enshrine the right collar-bone relics of the Great Teacher (Buddha).  ^ "To protect oldest stone inscription Irrigation Dept constructs wall". Ceylon Today. Ceylon Newspapers (Private) Limited. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.  ^ "සෙල්ලිපියට කොන්ක්‍රීට් දැමූ පින්වතුන්! (In Sinhala)". Deshaya. Wijeya Newspapers. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 

This page incorporates content from Dr. Rohan Hettiarachchi's http://www.lankalibrary.com/ used with permission of website owner.

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