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Giri Handu Seya

East Coast, Sri Lanka.
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Tiriyayi, located 35 km off Trincomalee, is a place of Buddhist interest. Ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery have been discovered here. A Sanskrit inscription on a rock names the shrine Giri Kandi Caitiya. Trincomalee and its environs are sacred to the Buddhist as to the Hindus.
The ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery have been discovered here, with the standing structure of a vatadage, an architectural type that is distinctively Sinhalese, occupying an area of about an acre in extent. In the centre of the premises is the ruined stupa.
Below the hill extends to the east, the blue sea — the Bay of Bengal and an unbroken stretch of forest on all the other sides. The shrine is of great value to the Buddhists, for within it is believed to have reposed the very first relics of the Buddha. At the four entrances to the shrine are moonstones of high artistic merit. Among the other striking features are the guard stones of the makara and the naga.

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