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Somawathiya Stupa, Polonnaruwa

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  • One of the stages of my journey after Sri Lanka. Beautiful place, important in the history of Buddhism. All potential visitors to recommend to bring with you the socks in exploring the religious objects. My advice is based on our own experience-a tour of stone, strongly heated from the Sun of religious objects in the open air can be a hassle for sensitive feet.
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  • A silent and calm place on earth with sacred right tooth relic of lord Buddha at temple surrounded by wilderness is must to visit by any pilgrim or tourist.  more »
  • This Dagoba which strongly reminds some of Anuradhapura would be, according to our guide, the only one which has not been restored after being out of the forest. I can't believe knowing that it is a nearly flawless white and those of Anuradhapura are repainted every year for 2 months! But I want to believe! It adds to its charm. Certainly one of the most beautiful monument of the site!
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  • The Somawathiya Chaitya is a Buddhist Stupa situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Chaitya premises is called the Somawathiya Rajamaha Viharaya. The Somawathiya Chaitya is located within the Somawathiya National Park on the left bank of the Mahaweli River, and is believed to have been built long before the time of Dutugamunu enshrining the right canine Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. It is attributed to the reign of King Kavan Tissa - Dutugemunu’s father - who ruled Magama. Somawathiya is therefore much older than Ruwanwelisaya, Mirisawetiya Vihara or Jetavanaramaya. The stupa is named after Princess Somawathi, the sister of King Kavantissa, and the wife of regional ruler Prince Abhaya. The prince built the stupa to enshrine the right tooth relic of the Buddha, obtained from Arahat Mahinda, and named the stupa after the princess. Upon completion of the stupa and other constructions, the prince and princess handed over the temple to Arahat Mahinda and other monks.
  • One of the ancient Stupas in Sri Lanka. The stupa enshrines the right canine Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Due to the 30 years of insurgence within the country the attention and the maintenance of the Stupa was negelcted. But now the area is open for civillians. During the seasons of high rainfall the Somawathiya Temple is affected by the flood.
  • The Somawathiya Chaitya is located within the Somawathiya National Park on the left bank of the Mahaweli River and is believed to have been built long before the time of Dutugamunu enshrining the right canine Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. It is attributed to the reign of King Kavan Tissa - Dutugemunu’s father - who ruled Magama. Somawathiya is therefore much older than Ruwanwelisaya,Mirisawetiya Vihara or Jetavanaramaya. The stupa is named after Princess Somawathi, the sister of King Kavantissa, and the wife of regional ruler Prince Abhaya. The prince built the stupa to enshrine the right tooth relic of the Buddha, obtained from Arahat Mahinda, and named the stupa after the princess. Upon completion of the stupa and other constructions, the prince and princess handed over the temple to Arahat Mahinda and other monks.
  • 40 km from polonnaruuwra Must see ancient place,dating back to 2600 years
  • The somawathiya chaitya is situated in the ancient city of polonnaruwa. Its very beautiful place.