Prasada Stupa (Indikatu Seya) of Anuradhapura Abhayagiri Monastery – ප්‍රසාද ස්තුපය (ඉඳිකටු සෑය)

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Prasadha Stupa also known as Indikatu Seya is one of the two square shaped stupa's found in the Abhayagiri Monastery

Prasadha Stupa also known as Indikatu Seya is one of the two square shaped stupa’s found in the Abhayagiri Monastery

This small stupa lies between the Ratnaprasada and the 3rd Samadhi Statue of Abayagiri Monastery in Anuradhapura. The stupa is built enclosing a natural rock and belongs to the Prasada type of Stupa similar to the Satmahal Prasada in Polonnaruwa. These have a square base instead of the usual circular base and are common in Thailand.

There are 4 known square shaped stupa’s in Sri Lanka. The most popular is the Sathmahal Prasadaya. The rest of the 3 stupas can be found in the ancient Anuradhapura kingdom which are rarely visited by the pilgrims. One of these stupa’s is Nakha Vehera. The other 2 belongs to the Abhayagiriya Monastic Complex.  One lies west of Eth Pokuna on the western border of the Abhayagiri Monastery among many other conserved structures and rarely visited by the average pilgrim. This is known as the as Vahadu Mula Stupa or just square stupa. The fourth is this Prasada stupa.

The original name of the Stupa is not known but now it is known as Prasada Stupa. Locally it is also known as Indikatu Seya and also as the Tomb of King Dutugemunu. Only a part of the stupa remains today including some remains of the Image House. It is believed that this stupa belongs to a Mahayana Sect in the late Anuradhapura Period.

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Driving Directions to Prasada Stupa (Indikatu Seya) of Anuradhapura Abhayagiri Monastery

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttlam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttlam you will pass scenic Wilpattu area. the From Kurunegala there are two main routes to Anuradhapura. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is though Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the commonly used is the Kurunegala – Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Though : Negombo - Chillaw - Puthlam
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
distance from Colombo : 221 km
Travel time : 3.15 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps

Route 03 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route from Kandy to Anuradhapura

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Padeniya - Thambuthegama
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Katugastota - Matale - Dambulla
distance from Colombo :139 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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