Rankoth Vehera, Polonnaruwa

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  • Beautiful, impressive and spectacular. But seen one then you've seen them all. Vi shoes, ride around, zones of veneration. That's it. If this is your first takes effect, if you have already been to Anadhapura instead makes less spectacular scene.
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  • This old Vihara main building is still standing. You need about fifteen minutes here. Worth the time.  more »
  • Unlike in Anuradhapura, Rankoth Viharaya is the only giant stupa in theolden King's second Kingdom and the fourth largest in the country. It is situated on the monk's university complex and it is quit...  more »
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  • It's old Buddhist stupa. Situated in side the polonnaruwa kingdom. Lot of tourist attraction place.
  • Rankoth Vehera is a stupa located in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. The stupa was built by Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa, who ruled the country from 1187 to 1196. The Rankoth Vehera has been built according to the tradition of the stupas of the Anuradhapura Maha Viharaya and bears a close resemblance to Ruwanwelisaya. In fact, a stone inscription situated close to the stupa even identifies it by the name "Ruwanweli". However, it has later come to be known by the currently used name, Rankoth Vehera. In Sinhalese, ran means gold, kotha is the name given to the pinnacle of a stupa, and vehera means stupa or temple. Thus, the name Rankoth Vehera can be roughly translated to English as "Gold Pinnacled Stupa".Along with the Kiri Vehera, it is one of the most revered stupas in Polonnaruwa.
  • One of the structures inside of site, which is hard to miss, as it is very close to main road and also height of the stupa is 33 metres. But other interesting place, which is neglected and missed by most of tourists, is very interesting rock north of the stupa and east of ancient hospital. It is marked also in google maps as Gopala Pabbatha and as number 17 in the map of the site. Web says, that it was the oldest site of the area and used to be a cave monastery in 2nd century BC, although this sounds strange, as there is no real cave, just the hole in the rock. But the rock was obviously used to take a building material for later building of the structures (many holes in the rocks around from special wood used to break the rock), so maybe it used to be much bigger. You can climb up to the top of the rock and get nice view of the site. Very nice tree is growing right on the top. Unfortunately the view of the Rankoth Vihara is mostly blocked by the trees. I am currently trying to edit the place with Google, so I can add photos directly to the place.
  • Very tall brick constructed stupa in ancient town of Polonnaruwa
  • Brick was the only construction material used in the entire stupa. Rankoth Vehera’s circular base has a diameter of approximately 170m (550 feet) and a height of approximately 33m (108 feet) at the tip of the stupa. However, renovation was carried out on the upper portion of Rankoth Vehera by later rulers changing the height of the structure. Research has shown that the original height of the stupa may have been as great as 200 feet (61m). Even after the drastic decrease Rankoth Vehera remains the largest stupa in Polonnaruwa, and the fourth largest in the country. Rankoth Vehera has four Vahalkadas supporting the weight of the stupa, which are also made of brick. The entire stupa lies in the center of a large square terrace that is surrounded by a brick wall. The terrace has four entrances in the directions of the four cardinal points, with sand paths leading up to them. It is inscribed on a stone close to one of the entrance that King Nissanka Malla watched over and supervised the construction of the stupa. The inscription also mentions that he worshiped the stupa from a stone platform. This platform can be found at a corner of the terrace on which the stupa is placed.

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Famous for its UNESCO-protected and often-visited complex of ruins, Polonnaruwa caters to its visitors with dozens of guesthouses, the majority situated along Batticaloa Road. A number of mid-range and four-star hotels sit on Parakrama Samundra and the shores of Bendiwewa reservoir. Nearby Giritale village, some 7 km (4.3 mi) away, also offers nice alternatives as a rural base. A number of budget-friendly bed & breakfasts can be found near the lake.
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