Relic Shrine in Abayagiri Monastery – අභයගිරිය විහාරය – ධාතු ගෘහය

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Relic Shrine in Abayagiri Monastery

The Grand Entrance to the Relic Shrine

This was a special shrine in Uttara Mula in the Abayagiri Monastery utilised for ritual purposes associated with relics of Buddha. Paying homage to the relics of Buddha was a popular ritual in the Abayagiri Monastery. This building has been recognized as a Relic Shrine from the architectural features.

The building is built on a high platform and you can see most of the stone pillars which held the roof has been restored. On the head is each pillar is a beautifully carved row of ‘Vamana’ in the form of holding the roof by their hands.

At the entrance two well-preserved guardstones can be seen.

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Driving Directions to Relic Shrine in Abayagiri Monastery (Anuradhapura)

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
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Through : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
distance from Colombo : 221 km
Travel time : 3.15 hours
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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
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