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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.

See also[edit]

Dagoba or Dagaba translates into the word Pagoda in English

Photos of Thuparamaya[edit]


  • This page incorporates content from Dr. Rohan Hettiarachchi's [5] used with permission of website owner.

External links[edit]

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17 news items

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:18:45 -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 ...

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 ...

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.


Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:25:40 -0800

El orgullo de la historia de Sri Lanka comienza aquí, desde esta ciudad, de Anuradhapura. Cuando usted va en un viaje a Sri Lanka, es indispensable visitar la ciudad antigua, cada lugar en allí mantiene un gran relato histórico interconectado entre ellos.

The Island.lk (subscription)

The Island.lk (subscription)
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:48:45 -0700

Some said that the stupa should be colour washed in lime akin to some of the other stupas such as Ruwanveliseya and Thuparamaya while the others believed that the original structure and image should be retained to preserve the archaeological and ...

Sunday Times.lk

Sunday Times.lk
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 14:11:15 -0700

The location came to be known as Thuparamaya to indicate the presence of the dagaba and the 'aramaya'. According to the Mahavamsa, Thuparama had been built by the time the branch of the sacred Bo tree was brought to Sri Lanka. One of the eight ...
Wed, 17 Nov 2010 13:10:10 -0800

Perhaps the saddest of all was the destruction of Thuparamaya, the oldest monument in South Asia. This exquisite Buddhist monument housed the BuddhaÃÆ'¢â‚¬â„¢s right-collar bone and the Alms-bowl. The Relic ...

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