Category: Mihintale

Hospital Complex of Mihintale – වෙද සල

Ambastala Dagoba at Mihitale

The ruins of the present Hospital Complex is attributed to King Sena II (853-887 AD). But it is believed that there was a hospital at Mihintale long before this building. The inner Chamber of the hospital is centered around a Buddha Shrine.

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Ambastala Dagaba and the Vatadage – අම්බස්තල දාගැබ

Ambastala Dagoba at Mihitale

Climbing up the 1,840 steps of Mihintale, this is the first relic which comes to view once you reach the upper terrace of Mihintale Complex.  Ambastala Dagaba believed to be built by  by King Mahadatika Mahanaga (09-21 AC) on the

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Relic House and the Inscription of King Mahinda IV – 4වන මිහිඳු රජුගේ මිහින්තලේ පුවරු ලිපි

The Relic House and the Inscription of King Mahinda IV

There are the ruins of a Vihara to the right adjoining the Alms Hall and situated on higher ground. This is called Dage in Sinhalese meaning a relic house. The inscription of King Mahinda IV belonging to the tenth century

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Rajagiri Kanda of Mihintale – රජගිරි කන්ද

Rajagiri Kanda Caves

Rising prominently above the surrounding plains are the unusually bald boulders of the Rajagiri Kanda or the mountain of the kings. This is accessible from the road almost directly in front of the entrance to the Kaludiya pokuna complex.

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Mihindu Guhawa – මිහිඳු ගුහාව

Cave of Arhat Mahinda - Mihindu Guhawa

When one climbs down about three hundred yards on to the eastern side passing the site of the Sila Cetiya at Mihintale, one reaches a stone slab sheltered by another rock called Mihindu Guhawa.

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Mihintale Maha Seya – මිහින්තලේ මහා සෑය

Sunset at Mihintale

From whichever road you are traveling to Mihintale your first sight is almost always the Mihintale Maha seya, the largest and the most conspicuous stupa built half way up the Mihintale mountain.

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Kantaka Chethiya at Mihintale – කන්ථක චෛත්‍යය

Kantaka-Chethiya Mihintale

It is unknown who built Kantaka Chethiya stupa but it is said that the King Lanjatissa (119-109 BC) has built a stone mantel built for this stupa. Therefore we can assume that the stupa was built prior to 119 BC.

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Indikatu Seya Complex at Mihintale – ඉඳිකටු සෑය

Indikatu Seya Complex at Mihintale

Indikatu Seya Complex is a monastery complex lying within the lager Mihintale Complex. A stone parapet encloses the monastic establishment identified as the Indikatu Seya monastery.

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Eth Vehera Stupa in Mihintale Monastery – ඇත් වෙහෙර

Mihintale Aradhana Gala

The climb along the long flight of steps leading to its summit of Eth Vehera is a rewarding experience. The narrow steps winding its way upwards makes art in its very simplicity.

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Refectory (Bath Ge) of Mihintale Monastery – බත් ගේ

The Refectory of Mihintale Monastery

The remains of the Bath Ge or the Dana Sala or the Refectory of the monks of the Mihintale Monastery.The building is rectangular with a central courtyard open to the sky and paved with granite slabs.

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Assembly Hall of Mihintale – සන්නිපාත ශාලාව

Sannipatha Shalawa

An integral part of a Buddhist monastery is the Sannipata Salawa or the Assembly Hall where the Bhikkhus of the monastery met to discuss matters of common interests.

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Aradhana Gala of Mihintale – ආරාධනා ගල

Mihintale Aradhana Gala

In Sinhala Mihintale literally means the “plateau of Mihindu”. This plateau is the flat terrain on top of a hill from where Arahat Mihindu was supposed to have called King Devanampiyatissa, by the King’s first name to stop him shooting a deer in flight.

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Kaludiya Pokuna of Mihintale – මිහින්තලේ කලුදිය පොකුණ

Kaludiya Pokuna (Blackwater Pool) ruins of Mihintale

Kaludiya pokuna, literally translated means the black water pool. It is said that the name evolved due to the sombre reflections of trees and boulders of the neighboring forests and mountains, and is true to its description at most times of the day.

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Sinha Pokuna of Mihintale – මිහින්තලේ සිංහ පොකුණ

Sinha Pokuna (Lion Pond) at Mihinthale

Amongst its serene, tranquil beautiful forest and bolder clad environs we find some of the earliest examples of Sinhalese hydraulic civilization in Mihintale. Out of the many ponds and waterways that have graced this area three ponds and bathing places can be identified even today; Naga pokuna, Sinha pokuna and Kaludiya pokuna.

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Naga Pokuna of Mihintale – නාග පොකුණ

photo taken on late 1800′s or early 1900′s - from www.imagesofceylon.com

Amongst its serene, tranquil beautiful forest and boulder clad environs we find some of the earliest examples of Sinhalese hydraulic civilization in Mihintale. Out of the many ponds and waterways that have graced this area three ponds and bathing places can be identified even today; Naga pokuna, Sinha pokuna and Kaludiya pokuna.

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Mihindu Seya of Mihintale Monastery – මිහිඳු මහා සෑය

Mihindu Seya of Mihintale Monastery

To the west of the Mahaseya at Mihintale are the remains of a smaller stupa identified as Mihindu Seya, the one which king Uttiya, Devanampiyatissa’s successor built enshrining the relics of the great Sage Mahinda

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