Mirisavatiya Dagaba, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Located among many other important sites
Mirisavatiya Dagoba is one of cluster of sites we will be visiting
in a ride along the banks of the Tissa Wewa reservoir. The area
is pleasant to stroll along too. Mirisavatiya Dagoba, which is identical
to & only slightly smaller than the celebrated & adored
Ruwanweliseya Stupa, is almost across
the road from the Tissa wewa Rest House. Surrounded by the ruins of
monasteries on three sides, the dagoba is only a kilometer to the east
of Sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree. The site still remains largely
The first monument built by the Hero of the Nation
This was the first monument built by the hero of the nation, victorious
King Dutugamunu of Ruhuna (161-136 BC) after his consecration,
enshrining an ornate kunta (scepter) which contained a sacred relic of
Buddha. The scepter which was left implanted here in the bank by the
king when he visited the tank could not on his return be pulled out from
the ground by any means. The dagoba was constructed herein following
this incident which was taken as an auspicious sign. King Dutugamunu
went on to build Ruwanweliseya Stupa too.
How to say sorry in style
At the dagoba's consecration, King Dutugamunu dedicated the monument to
the Sangha (Buddhist monks), in compensation for his failure to make an
offering to Buddhist Bhikkus before having a rice & curry meal well
spiced with Chilies (Miris). The minor failure & the sterling
compensation say a lot about the religious traditions & reverence
towards the monks by the Sinhalese.
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Having slain Dravidian invader Elara in a duel (both warriors mounted on
elephants & throwing spears) in the final epic battle at Vijitapura,
Anuradhapura, King Dutugamunu (161-136 BC) built a memorial tomb for his
defeated enemy. The hero of the nation also decreed whoever go passing
the tomb get off the vehicle or mount & walk within the vicinity.
Obeying to the decree a Kandyan aristocrat (1815 AD) paid with his life,
being outpaced by his enemies.
Rebuilt after being destroyed by the marauding Dravidian invaders form
After a Chola invasion by the Dravidian invaders from South India, the
dagoba was completely rebuilt during the reign of King Kasyapa the fifth
(929-938 AD) in 930 AD.
Northeast of dagoba are the remains of a refectory, complete with
enormous stone rice troughs held enough for 1000 individual servings.
This would be a definite indication as to the thousands of Buddhist
Bhikkus (monks) that would have inhabited in the monasteries.
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