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The Mirisavati Dagaba

Anuradhapura, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Anuradhapura
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Mirisawetiya is famous as one of the creations of King Dutugemunu who reigned in the kingdom of Anuradhapura in 161-137 BC. Numerous stories surround the building of the Mirisawetiya.
According to legend, King Dutugemunu made a vow that whenever consuming food, he would first offer some to the Buddhist Clergy. However, it’s said that the king once ate a chilli (miris karala) forgetting to first make an offering. As an apology for this mistake he subsequently built this dagaba which became known as the Mirisawetiya.
That is not the only legend that surrounds Mirisawetiya. According to another story it’s believed that King Dutugemunu owned a sceptre containing a sacred relic of the Lord Buddha which the King is said to have left while he went to bathe at the Tissa Wewa tank. On his return it was discovered that the sceptre could not be removed from where it had been placed. As a result the King decided to build a stupa enclosing it.
One of the most reputed features of the temple is the western front piece (vahalkada), which is said to be a remarkably fine example of early Sinhala art. This was restored by the Department of Archaeology in 2006.
Today Mirisawetiya is an active site of worship for pilgrims.

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