King Devanampiyatissa was an ancient monarch who ruled in the island between 250 and 210 BC. During his reign, Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka. And also he is considered to be one of the most notable monarchs in the history of the country. King Devanampiyatissa built many incredible temples and stupas as Buddhism was rapidly taking root in the country. The article below provides information about 2 important ancient monuments which built by this king.
Vessagiriya, which is also known as Issarasamanarama, is located in Anuradhapura, in close proximity to the famous Isurumuniya Temple. This ancient Buddhist monastery used to shelter about 500 monks in the past. The rocks which were used to build the monastery were sourced from local material. Most of the old stones were taken away from the site in later years. But history said that during its glory days, Vessagiriya was an incredible site, complete with wood and other finishing touches.
Isinbassagala Ruwangiri Rajamaha Viharaya
Isinbassagala Ruwangiri Rajamaha Viharaya is yet another temple which was built by King Devanampiyatissa. It is located close to the small town of Medavachchiya. The name of the temple translates to ‘the rock that the sage came from’. During the excavations which were carried out in the area, a Cobra Stone as well as a stone with a footprint of Buddha were discovered. But today, most of the buildings onsite lack any significant historic value.
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