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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dagoba of Thuparama

Dagoba of Thuparama
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #7 of 21 Attractions in Anuradhapura
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This ancient site is believed to house the collarbone of the Buddha.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a very small stupa in comparison to the others but the oldest in Sri Lanka and beautiful in it's own way. There is something really beautiful about the stones pillars which surround the stupa .If you are travelling with small kids you can park your vehicle at the back of the stupa and walk around it .

Visited August 2012
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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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“first ever recorded stupa in sri lanka”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

this is the first stupa build in sri lanka after the introduction of buddhism.built by king devanampiyatissa(3rd b.c).this was a stupa as well asan aramic complex.the stupa was build on the instruction of mihindu tero who brought the buddhismto the islandand its believed that the right coliar bone of the buddhais enshrined.it has been built using mud n clay from the near by abhaya tank to the shape of paddy.covering this stupa has been a unique architectural feature called VATADAGE.a stupa house.this construction according to archeologists date to somewhereafter the 7 c a.d as stone pillars in such circular shrine r met for the first time in the 7 or 8 c ad.many kings have added or altered the structure of the stupa over the course of centuries.the site was completly ransacked during the chola invasion in the 10 c a d.the 3 concentric pillarsstanding right round the stupa r the remaining of the old watadage.they diminishin height from inner most circlesn at one time carried the weight of a domeshaped over the stupa.what we see today is the restoration done in1862 which has endedup the stupa in BELL SHAPE.it is 59feet in height now.

Visited March 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“The Oldest Chetiya in Sri Lanka”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

It was “Thera Mahinda” from India who introduced “Theravada Buddhism” to Sri Lanka. He requested from the king in Sri Lanka at that time “King Devanampiyatissa” to build a “Chetiya” as a place of worship by the Buddhist. The Collarbone of “Gautama Budda” was enclosed in the center and the Chetiya was build around it. According to the history This Chetiya was destroyed by enemies several times. This supposed to be the first “Chetiya” build in
Sri Lanka. Being a highly respected place of worship by Buddhist around the world this too is visited by most of the tourists.

Visited February 2013
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“Watch daily prayers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Not the biggest or oldest Dagaba in this sacred sight. Interesting in that you can watch people at their daily prayers. A great sense of serenity.

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“Active religious site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The atmosphere at this stupa site was really good, with pilgrims actively worshipping and living feeling about the place. The monkeys stealing and eating the lotus flowers within moments of pilgrims placing them at the shrines was initially very funny to watch, but ultimately telling about the pilgrims' acceptance of the greater circle of life and existence as they weren't bothered by the monkeys' behavior as many people would be. A lesson to be learned.

Visited February 2013
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