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Coordinates: 8°21′19″N 80°23′46″E / 8.35528°N 80.39611°E / 8.35528; 80.39611

Thuparamaya dagoba in Anuradhapura.

Thuparamaya is a dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist sacred place of veneration.

Mahinda Thera, an envoy sent by King Ashoka himself introduced Theravada Buddhism and also chetiya worship to Sri Lanka. At his request King Devanampiyatissa built Thuparamaya in which was enshrined the collarbone of the Buddha. It is considered to be the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka following the introduction of Buddhism. This is considered the earliest monument, the construction of which was chronicled Sri Lanka. The name Thuparamaya comes from "stupa" and "aramaya" which is a residential complex for monks.

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 1862 AD. 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, 164½ 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 vatadage was built round Thuparamaya.

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The Island.lk (subscription)
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:26:15 -0700

When the Thuparama was being built and sacred relics were brought from India to be deposited in the first dageba, it was on the instructions of Arahant Mahinda that the relics were brought to the Thuparamaya on the back of a tusker. From that time ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:19:00 -0800

Thuparamaya is the first stupa built in Sri Lanka and the earliest monument of the country. It was built by King Devanampiyatissa. Mihindu Thera who introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka during King Devanampiyatissa's period requested the king to build a ...

The West Australian

The West Australian
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:10:52 -0700

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Asian Tribune

Asian Tribune
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 19:37:30 -0700

Perhaps the saddest of all was the destruction of Thuparamaya, the oldest Buddhist monument in South Asia. This exquisite Buddhist monument housed the Buddha's right-collar bone and the Alms-bowl. The Relic chamber of Thuparamaya was broke open ...

Colombo Page

Colombo Page
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:45:00 -0700

Aug 01, Anuradhapura: Sri Lankan President yesterday dedicated four luxury buses to inaugurating a bus service for the benefit of the pilgrims who come from all over the island to worship the Atamasthana, the eight Buddhist sites. Four luxury buses of ...


Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:30:11 -0800

În zona central-nordică a țării se află vechile capitale Anuradhapura (cu vechile temple budiste Thuparamaya și Ruwanweli), Polonnaruwa (cu ruinele templului Lankatilaka, secolul al XII-lea), fortăreața Sigiriya (secolul al V-lea d.Hr.), cu renumite ...

Asian Tribune

Asian Tribune
Wed, 07 May 2014 18:41:11 -0700

Sarasavi Seya or Stupa constructed on top of the mountain hill portray as that of Thuparamaya in Anuradhapura gives additional attraction to the beauty of University. The play grounds, swim pools , health centre are few other available facilities areas.


Thu, 17 Dec 2015 01:32:54 -0800

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