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Mihintale

Mihintale, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
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Mihintale Rock has history and religion entwined in its existence. It is where the saint Arahat Mahinda met King Devanam Piya Tissa and Buddhism was brought to Sri Lanka. This location can never fail to amaze anyone no matter what their belief may be. The verdant green vegetation, the cool breeze, and the view that stretches for miles are calming and serene.

Mihintale ideally should be visited in June during the Poson full moon day. This is when Mihintale comes alive with all its pilgrims. The electric lights, colorful flags and oil lamps all make it a sight worth seeing. At the foot of the mountain is the Veda Sala which is the ruins of a hospital, a well dug rock in the shape of a human form which was used for medicinal baths, there are also urns and a stone inscription which dates back to the 5th century AD. Also well worth a visit is the ruins of a monastery and The Kantaka Cetiya built by King Suratissa. There are also stone inscriptions.

Some of the other attractions are Medamaluwa monastery and the Mihintale stone inscriptions. Most importantly is the Ambasthala Dagoba which is the very spot where the meeting between Arahat Mahinda and King Devanam Piya Tissa took place. One marvel is the Naga Pokuna which is a pond that is guarded by a sculpture of a five headed snake whose tail reaches the pool. Another beautiful pool is the Lion Pool which is a carving of a lion that spurts waters into a bath; these pools show the wonders of the ancient irrigation system. For absolutely panoramic views of the adjacent country side visit the. From here it is also possible to see the sacred Bo tree and the stupas of Anuradhapura in the distance.

Mihintale is a cultural, religious and historical place and therefore besides exploring the rock and learning about Buddhism and the history of Sri Lanka there is nothing much to do. The area around is a typical Sri Lanka village lifestyle and is not very developed however history and religion happened on this very spot which makes it an important destination to visit.

 

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