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Somawathiya Stupa, Polonnaruwa
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  • On our way back from Mihintale we have visited Somawathiya Stupa. The Somawathiya Chaitya is a Buddhist Stupa situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Also called the Somawathiya Rajamaha Vihara. ...  more »
  • It's about 40km away from Polonnaruwa town.The road towards the Somawathiya Chaithya is isolated and it's a habitat of elephants.So it's always good to go with an experienced guide or a driver.You get...  more »
  • Very nice place and imposing structure, the white of the building contrasts with the greenery goshawks, I recommend this place
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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.