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Somawathiya Stupa, Polonnaruwa

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  • Great Place to be. Bring lot of water when your there. You can ride a bicycles around when your there. You can enjoy the sun all around the year.  more »
  • It's about 40+ kilometers away from the town, almost in the middle of the jungle. Strongly recommend NOT to travel during rainy season, as the entire area becomes a flood plain. You are sure to see th...  more »
  • This place is very sacred place.Lord Gauthama budda's right tooth relic is in this dagaba. And most amazing thing is budda rays come from this dagaba sometimes. and if you capture photos there you wil...  more »
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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.