Ramakele Stupa at Sigiriya – රාමකැලේ ස්තුපය

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Ramakele Stupa at Sigiriya

Ramakele Stupa at Sigiriya
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Ramakele Stupa  belongs to Ramakele Mahanaga Pabbatha Viharaya in Sigiriya. This has been also identified as Mahanapaw Viharaya in the Sigiri graffiti and on a inscription nearby. This stupa is thought to be constructed by king Kashapa I (477-495 AD) or Mugalan I (495-512 AD).

The relic chamber of the stupa was already attacked by treasure hunters when it was discovered and whatever the relics were stolen. It is believed that this stupa would have housed very important relics as the relic chamber of this stupa was uniquely built.

The chamber was of 3 compartments with the bottom compartment housing a profusely carved stone replica of “Maha Meru Parwathaya”, a mythical mountain. This replica is now housed in the National Museum in Colombo.

What remains on the stupa today is only part of the bubble shaped body with three circular pesa walau. The diameter of the stupa is 92 feet.

Location

Go on the road leading to Sigiriya from Inamaluwa (on Dambulla – Habarana Road). the stupa is about 1 km before the Sigiriya on the right hand side about 50 meters in to the jungle.

Primary Source : “Sri Lankave Purana Stupa”
By Malinga Amarasinghe

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Travel Directions to Ramakele Stupa

Route from Colombo to Ramakele Stupa

Route from Inamaluwa to Ramakele Stupa

Through : Kalaniya – Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Dambulla – Inamaluwa
Distance : 174
Travel time : 4 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Distance : 7.5 km
Travel time :15 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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