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

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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 stupas 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 is Nakha Vehera. The other 2 belong 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 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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Colombo to Anuradhapura By Bus

Anuradhapura is easily reached by bus, train or private transport. Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses start at the Colombo Fort Main Bus Station. There are luxury busses which start from various places in Colomb travelling past Anuradhapura, to Vavuniya and Jaffna. However, you need to search the web and book a seat. These luxury buses mostly travel at night reaching their final destination early in the morning.

Colombo to Anuradhapura By Train

5 daily trains are starting from Fort Railway Station to Anuradhapura. Generally, the first train leaves at 9.40 am and the last train at 8.30 pm. Travel time is 4-5 hours depending on the number of stops of the particular train.

Colombo to Anuradhapura By Car or Van

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

Route 01 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura
Through : Negombo – Chilaw – Puttalam
Distance from Colombo : 210 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Through : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo : 223 km
Travel Time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google maps
Route 03 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute from Kandy to Anuradhapura
Through : Katunayake Expressway – Narammala – Wariyapola – Padeniya – Thambuthegama
Distance from Colombo :203 km
Travel Time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Through : Katugastota – Matale – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :136 km
Travel Time : 3.5 hours
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