Kiribath Vehera of Ancient Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර කිරිබත් වෙහෙර

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Kiribath Vehera is situated in the ancient sacred city of Anuradhapura between the Vijayarama Ruins and the stone bridge over the Malwathu Oya.  The remains of this dilapidated stupa partially restored by the archaeology department and rarely visited by the pilgrim is 30 feet in height and the circumference is 425 feet. According to various publications the stupa lies about 1/2 mile to north-east to Vijayaramaya.

It is believed this is the Patamka Chethiya which also came to be known as Uttara Megagiri Viharaya built by king Devanampiyatissa. In close proximity to this are the ruins of an image house which is believed to be one of the oldest in Anuradhapura. An pillar inscription which was discovered had been identified as belonging to 10th century. The current stupa is also believed to be belonging to this era.

The publication ‘Historical Guide to Anuradhapura’s Ruins’ By Hubert E. Weerasooriya in the mid 1950’s provides a graphical view of this site.

‘Leaving Vijayarama behind, another half mile of tramping through the jungle path brings us to a grass covered mound similar in shape to the ruins of Dakkina Dagaba on the Kurunegala Road.

The Archaeological Commissioner’s efforts to excavate this dagaba are disclosed by two or three trenches, one alongside and the one cutting in to the mound from the north. This enabled the general features of the dagaba to be understood, they disclosed that it was one of the oldest of the larger dagabas completely built of brick but unlike others it has no stone works such as flower alters or cornices. Another point it differed from similar structures was that its quadrangular courtyard was laid in brick and not paved in stone.

A shaft thirty six feet deep was sunk through the center of the dagaba by Mr. Bell. That it had been earlier stripped of its relics and other treasures it had contained by Tamil invaders was proved by the gutted relic chamber.

However at the depth of 25 feet, several crystalline stone and a few beads were found. Five feet lower down, a brock built chamber was come across in which was discovered more crystalline stones, small shells and some coral. A few coins were also found at various depths.

This dagaba though called the Kiribath Vehera literally Milk-Rice dagaba, has not been definitely identified with any of the structures mentioned in the histories. It is also called the Menik Vehera or the Gem Dagaba by the local residents. On rainy days even now pieces of coloured stones are found.

No monasteries seem to have been attached to this dagaba, unless they had been made of a very indurable material.  But about 200 yards to the north east of it, a few roughly cut stone pillars standing in bleak solitude. Disclose and image house in utter disrepair. Jere it is to be seen a piece of a giant statue of Buddha. The portion above the neck which is in fair condition measures about 2 feet, while the whole piece which is only up to the waist, is about nine feet long. Now it is lying on its side, fallen from grace and badly damaged, a sad change from the lofty exalted position, the statue must have occupied in the time of the Anuradhapura’s glory.’

 

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Driving Directions to Anuradhapura (Kiribath Vehera)

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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Route from Anuradhapura Railway Station to Kiribath Vehera

Distance : 7.2  kilometers
Travel time : 20 minutes
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