Wewalketiya Pillar Inscription (වේවැල්කැටිය ටැම් ලිපිය)

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The Wewalketiya Pillar Inscription (also written as Vevalketiya) is considered a one of the most valuable inscriptions of the Anuradhapura Era. The pillar inscription is believed to be placed by King Mahinda IV ( 956-972 )  is 6 feet in height and 1.5 feet wide. 45 lines of text has been inscribed on this pillar.

This one of a kind this inscription documents the criminal law and their punishments during the 10th century. An interesting note is that this inscription demonstrates the treatment of animals during the era. Death penalty has been inscribed for murder, highway robbery and killing of cattle and goats. According to the content, the local rulers appointed by the king have been granted the powers to implement the laws.

The site can be reached from Medawachchiya – Horowpathana road.

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Route from Anuradhapura to Wewalketiya Pillar Inscription
Distance : 45 km
Travel time :1 hour
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