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Demala Maha Seya

Polonnaruwa, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Polonnaruwa
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Located on the Polonnaruwa ancient city complex, this gigantic uncompleted Stupa has been built by king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) using the labour of Tamil prisoners brought from India when he attacked the Soli Kingdom in South India.
For some reason he has been unable to complete this and at a later stage a smaller Stupa has been built upon the uncompleted semi-spherical structure. Some believe that since this was built at two levels it was called “Demahal” (two-storey) Seya which later became “Damila” Seya.
If he had been able to complete this Stupa, this would be 186 metres (570 feet) tall and would have been the largest Buddhist monument built by man. Its circumference of this stupa is massive 650 meters. It is also said that the King Parakramabahu wanted this monument to be seen from India and planned the size accordingly.
This site is rarely visited by the casual pilgrim mainly due to the road leading to the stupa being in a highly dilapidated state. The walk is about 50m and worth every step. The flattened top of the stupa is overgrown with huge trees and large enough to build a football ground.

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